Finally, baseball. The first two games are in the books, and if Clemson’s Jack Leggett isn’t in Omaha physically, he’s certainly here in spirit.
Two of his former assistants were winners Saturday. Tim Corbin will go down in the history books as the first Vanderbilt coach to win a CWS game, as well as the first coach to win a CWS game in TD Ameritrade Park. The Commodores knocked off North Carolina 7-3.
And Kevin O’Sullivan earned his first CWS victory as his Florida Gators topped Texas 8-4. So, congrats to two guys who honed their skills at Clemson under one of the game’s best coaches.
Despite a forcast of rain, the weather in Omaha Saturday could not have been better. The temperature was in the low 80s with very little humidity. There is rain in the forcast for Sunday. Hopefully, Virginia-Cal and USC-Texas A&M can be played without delay.
I’m sure Gamecock coach Ray Tanner will have little sleep Saturday night mulling over his decision regarding Jackie Bradley Jr. The former starting centerfielder says he’s ready. The current starting centerfielder, Evan Marzilli, has become a very productive leadoff hitter but has a bad hamstring. Tanner is hesitant to mess with a winning combination which he has had in the outfield. But Marzilli’s hamstring could make the decision for him. Either way, look for Bradley to be on the field in the World Series sooner than later.
And we munched on our first Omaha steak Saturday night. Joined by friend Jim Corbett and his son Sam, we sat down at Cascio’s, one of Omaha’s family owned and oldest steakhouses. The ribeye was outstanding.