As we watch the college baseball postseason from regionals to supers, leading up to Omaha, we question “what makes college baseball so entertaining?”
The answer is quite simple; the intimacy of the games. Every single player that steps up to the plate has a story. The stories range from barely making it to JUCO and being given a shot to play D1 on a whim, and now trying to punch a ticket to the College World Series; to transferring around the “Power Five” conferences and finally settling in on a team with it’s eyes set on a national championship. The intimacy of college baseball also thrives throughout the stadium. Unlike professional baseball teams, Texas A&M has a rowdy crowd that is willing to, at all costs, make the opposing pitcher “rattled”. The greatest example of this rowdiness has to be the ball count, hands down. When the opposing pitcher throws four straight balls, the fans begin to chant “ball, five; ball, five; ball, five” while waving five fingers at the field, “predicting” the next pitch to be a ball. This count continues until the opposing pitcher throws a strike; but by ball five, most pitchers have already lost focus.
Texas A&M fan's ball count chant reaches a fever pitch at 11. Forced a mound visit. pic.twitter.com/Uat8oBMl82
— My Aggie Nation (@MyAggieNation) June 6, 2016
This is why we all love college baseball, something as simple as this chant had my entire family reeled in and watching tonight’s Super Regional match-up between TCU and Texas A&M. The energy brought by both the players and fans is why we all love this great sport and we all become bigger fans every day. Texas A&M is hunting for a ticket to Omaha and, along the way, has decided to help the sport grow. Aggieland is on a mission to make baseball fun again!