I said I thought it would because the weather was warming up, spring football was over, and fans were starting to tune in to baseball. It was a good crowd, almost 3,000.
However, the next weekend the Cowboys, albeit on an Easter weekend, drew less than that in the three games combined as they swept Kansas. The Easter Sunday game was on national television on Fox Sports 1.
This weekend the Cowboys played in front of 18,865 over the three games in Austin. Yes, I'm not stupid and I know how many people live in Austin and how many students there are at Texas, both of which dwarf the enrollment at Oklahoma State and the population of Stillwater, but by almost 9X.
I was there for two of the three on the Kansas weekend, but I'm not bragging on myself. I have not shown up enough. I'm aiming this at me too. This coming weekend is one of my favorite sporting events, the Kentucky Derby, and on Sunday and maybe Saturday and Sunday I'm going to have to be in Arlington for football recruiting combines (business does require you to make decisions).
However, I am still going to write this. Cowboys fans get out and back your baseball team. They need you and they deserve the attention. Sometimes the cart comes before the horse, and fans help motivate a team.
Donnie Walton at shortstop, Zach Fish and Tanner Krietemeier hitting the ball, Tim Arakawa and Craig McConaughy coming up with clutch performances that win games, and don't forget the likes of Friday starter Jon Perrin, innings eater Vince Wheeland, and record-setting closer Brendan McCurry all deserve a sold out Allie P.
Not to mention that while regional play is no longer determined by the dollar and prospects of making money for the NCAA, it still won't hurt the OSU athletic coffers to show them a regional is a winning proposition.
As for my conversation that night in the dugout before the Oklahoma game with Holliday, he told me that most of all he wanted to get fans back in the seats at Reynolds Stadium. He wants to make it like it was when he was growing up and then when he played for the Cowboys.
He said he and fellow coaches Rob Walton and ace recruiter Marty Lees are recruiting four- and five-star players. To get them to come to OSU, over the likes of Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, and Arkansas, you have to show them a four- and five-star experience. That means "big time" home atmosphere.
I know, I need to get there as often and as much as possible, so I'm pointing the finger at me. But we all need to chip in and grab a Coke and a bag of peanuts or popcorn and celebrate this Cowboy baseball resurgence. I know they weren't celebrating but plenty of Texas fans got to see it on Saturday and Sunday.