Wells' Top 5

The Alabama baseball team (34-13 overall, 15-6 SEC) plays at Arkansas (31-15 overall, 11-10 SEC) in a three-game series this weekend.

Here are the top five Jim Wells quotes from Wednesday morning's Alabama baseball teleconference:

5. "It's not that big a deal. I know we need a story line for this game but it's really not an issue."

(Some reporters from both Alabama and Arkansas wondered if there might be friction lasting from former Alabama assistant coach Todd Butler's departure from Alabama to Arkansas, one Southeastern Conference assistant coaching job to another, after last season).

4. "I can't even spell the first one. He's like in International Business... He has two majors, he speaks two languages, he plays more than one instrument."

(Wells was asked about budding superstar Emeel Salem, who is also an accomplished student, bilingual, speaking Spanish and English, and plays guitar and piano, with training in classical music.)

3. Schmidt is really good. What makes him different from (Vanderbilt ace pitcher David) Price is that he throws three pitchers for a strike, where Price relies on his fastball. Schmidt can throw in and out. He looks like a big leaguer up there - great command.

(Arkansas Friday night starter Nick Schmidt is second in the league to Price with 97 strike outs. He will face Alabama's Wade LeBlanc, who leads the league in innings pitched [89.1] and has a 7-0 record in 12 starts.

2. "He's always been like that, he's just been getting on base which brings more attention to him."

(Another comment on Salem's personality. Salem was featured in the April issue of ‘BAMA: Inside the Crimson Tide.)

1. "It's like the Enquirer. Things are fine. There's nothing to it.

"It's going to come down to a team throwing a pitch where they want it and a team getting a hit when the bases are loaded… And anything else will be between the players, myself and him - not the newspapers."

(Wells, asked about his current relationship with Butler.)


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