Welcome to Opening Day, my friends. That’s right, unlike national signing day, today gets the uppercase treatment. Baseball is finally here, and MSU opens a much-anticipated 2013 campaign at 4 p.m. today, the first of four scheduled games this weekend versus Portland.
Why is this season highly anticipated by MSU? Because the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs, who have qualified for two consecutive NCAA regionals, have been talking a lot about Omaha. That’s where they’ll play the College World Series in June, and the general sense among the players is that anything short of that will be a failure.
In today’s Journal, I write about that goal, with thoughts from first baseman and team co-captain Wes Rea, and also from pitcher Jacob Lindgren (he’ll start today’s game) and fifth-year coach John Cohen. Rea, a third-year sophomore, said MSU’s baseball tradition means a lot to him, and he’s eager to bring it back and get State to its ninth CWS.
“It means a lot, because this year we knew, kind of inside guys, you guys, people close to the program, we knew this might be the year,” he said. “Some rankings came out, people started talking, then all of a sudden you’ve got students involved via social media or whatever. Everybody’s getting excited. That means a lot, because that’s how it’s supposed to be here.”
I have video of my interview with Rea, plus video of Lindgren as well. Enjoy.