This is a must read. It's really amazing to see a sport that's an afterthought at some many schools - and was an afterthought at TCU for a good period of time as well - become one of the flagship programs not only in Fort Worth, but nationally. The exposure making the CWS for three straight years brings can't be bought, and it's a testament to Schloss, the players, and the leadership of TCU that baseball continues to set the bar.
"I work for a chancellor and an athletic director that are proactive, not reactive," Schlossnagle said. "That’s one of the best things about being here. I’ve never asked for a raise; I’ve never asked for a contract extension. I’ve always said, ‘Just reward us when we succeed, whether it be doing something for the stadium or personally.’
Another must read. No matter how far they travel or how long it's been since Micah has been in the dugout with the team, their young hero is never far from their hearts. The best piece of information here? Micah and his family plan to travel to Omaha for Tuesday's nights game. It really is amazing to see how much he means to the team, the coaches, and the program. He is truly part of the family.
"I felt led to do it," said Skoug, a sophomore from Libertyville, Illinois, who has grown close to Micah this year. "He's had a rough patch. I took it hard. I took it to heart. If he can see his name on national TV or know that we're thinking about him, maybe that can help him smile."
No excuses for a program that has built the expectations for themselves, and then raised them year after year. Schloss knows that while his team his young, there's no time like the present - because the chance may not come back around.
"I told the team that Nolan Ryan was a rookie in 1969 with the Mets and went to the World Series; he never went back," Schlossnagle said. "I’ve never talked to him about it, but I promise you he probably expected to go back.
"There’s no guarantee because it’s so hard to get to Omaha. We’re going up there to win."
This team has grown leaps and bounds in the last month or so since the last time these two teams met. It should be an instant classic in Omaha.
"Now it just comes down to who plays best," Schlossnagle said. "Every team here is really good. But I felt like talent-wise, at least talent, inexperience last weekend in College State, the other club was much further along that we were. But you have to play the games.
"And as we say, it’s not about the teams, it’s the team that plays the best. If we play better, we’ll have a good chance. If we don’t, we don’t."
Between Matt Carpenter and Brian Howard, St. Louis is becoming purple north.
"I just took my stuff and moved down there," he said. "Fort Worth feels like a second home to me. The community is unbelievable and embraces TCU, and I love it there. It means a ton to me, Fort Worth and the university itself."
One of the foundations of a great program is the alumni involvement, and their aren't many teams and coaches who do a better job of keeping their pros close than TCU and Jim Schlossnagle. Matt Carpenter and Jake Arrieta, probably the two most recognizable pro Frogs, speak often of their home away from home and the love they have for TCU.
Carpenter remains a proud TCU alumnus who lives near campus — just down the street from former college teammate and Rangers catcher Bryan Holaday. He keeps up with the Horned Frogs throughout the season and will be getting updates Sunday afternoon on their College World Series opener against Texas Tech.
"Absolutely. Even when I am playing, we’ll have it on in the clubhouse," he said. "If they’re on TV, I’m watching."
This is a nice comprehensive preview of each of the three teams in TCU's bracket. Despite being the third straight year TCU has made the trip to Omaha, this year is anything but old hat.
"This particular team, we have an entirely, for the most part, new club," Schlossnagle said. "This is not a position, I don’t think, people expected us to be in."
There is a long history between these two coaches, who consider themselves good friends. That might change for a couple hours this afternoon, though.
The TCU coach could be seen smiling or shaking his head regularly any time Tadlock spoke during a press conference Friday at the College World Series featuring the coaches of the four teams playing Sunday, including Coastal Carolina’s Gary Gilmore, in his rookie visit, and Florida’s Kevin O’Sullivan, in his fifth.
One of the greatest parts of making it to the biggest stage is seeing the in-depth pieces on players from their hometwon papers. This is a great deep look into leadoff hitter Austen Wade, who has become an excellent table-setter for the Frogs. It's easy to see why he is so successful when you get a peak into how hard he works.
"I felt very thankful for last year," Wade said. "But this year has been ten-fold (better). Going to the regional, the super regional, I’ve seen it before. I want to have the most success possible, but I know it’s not going to happen unless everyone works together."