Only daily observers of the Diamond Dogs would have noticed. But there are lots of those, and they did indeed notice that fellow wearing the 30 jersey last week. "My wife was like, you revealed your number finally," Coach Butch Thompson said.
May 30, 2012
They knew their name was coming up. But kids are kids. As the selection show wound on with no ‘Mississippi State' on the screen, well… "They were looking deep into the books to make sure the SEC still had an automatic bid," John Cohen said. "It took a while for us to be called out."
May 28, 2012
Matthew Britton can't say he wasn't warned. Or encouraged, too, as he went to the plate with the game literally on his bat. "Coach Drye told me right before I got up to bat, you've got a chance to win it. And when the dogpile comes that means just keep running. I was hoping he was right."
May 25, 2012
He knew what the coach was going to ask, and had his answer ready. "I said heck yeah, I've got plenty of gas left!" Chris Stratton related. "I was finishing the game no matter what." And he did. The starter was a finisher, throwing not just a complete game but a complete shutout as Mississippi State blanked Ole Miss 4-0.
April 27, 2012
Sure they celebrated, as much for pride in winning a SEC series as…well, for finally winning a SEC series. There is no denying the validation Mississippi State found in rubber game success over Vanderbilt, though. "We know we're just as good as any other team if not better," said Evan Mitchell. "To finally get a win after playing these teams down to the wire it's good. It's great, actually."
April 9, 2012
He was born a decade after the movie. Still, Daryl Norris can appreciate better than most the Blues Brothers line about getting the band back together. "That's what it feels like!" Norris grinned after he and a couple other recovering Bulldogs helped get their team back in a groove for a 7-4 victory over Vanderbilt.
April 6, 2012