Give these Commodores credit

Favored Vanderbilt was swept in the NCAA Baseball Super Regionals over the weekend. Few expected it but this sort of thing happens in sports. That's why they play the game. A recent example is the Baylor Bears women's basketball team who no one thought would lose in the NCAAs. We can all think of other examples of teams that were expected to do waltz to championships but stumbled along the way.

Favored Vanderbilt was swept in the NCAA Baseball Super Regionals over the weekend. Few expected it but this sort of thing happens in sports. That's why they play the game. A recent example is the Baylor Bears women's basketball team who no one thought would lose in the NCAAs. We can all think of other examples of teams that were expected to do waltz to championships but stumbled along the way.

Despite laying an egg over the weekend we should still be proud of this 2013 Commodore squad. You may be asking why you should be proud of a team that flopped when it counted. I say it counted all season. All 54 wins counted and winning that many games is a reason in which to be thankful to this team. Twenty-six SEC regular season victories is another reason to be proud of these diamond 'Dores. No other team under the current scheduling format had ever done that before and it might be a long time before that record is broken.

When was the last time you had the awesome experience of a Vanderbilt major sports team absolutely dominating the entire season? This team won every pre-conference series, sweeping all but one. In the SEC the Commodores had an incredible seven conference sweeps, another record. What they did was akin to the Vandy football going 7-1 in the SEC or Stalling's bunch going 16-2.

You also have to be proud of the players. Look at Tony Kemp, a player that loves the game so much he keeps a smile on his face. The SEC Player of the Year's defensive stopping capability was nothing short of incredible and his base hitting and running ability was also stellar. Mike Yastrzemski, who had the unfortunate situation of coming up short in the Commodores' final at bat on Sunday, led the SEC in batting in conference games in 2013. Connor Harrell piled up 67 RBIs during the season and punched a dozen balls over walls. Kevin Ziomek and Tyler Beede were both dominate pitchers for much of the season. Brian Miller's pitching was almost un-hittable at one point in the season. Every player on the roster gave his heart and soul to the team and we should be proud and thankful to each one of them.

We also should be proud of a coach who believes in his players and cares about them. Tim Corbin isn't the perfect coach but's he's Vanderbilt's coach and has done well for the Commodore program. In his postgame remarks he was humble and reflected well on Vanderbilt University. This man cares about his players and will do anything for them. He is also the architect of this 2013 buzz saw Vanderbilt team which is a team we should show our thanks to and, again, be proud of.

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