While Micah Ahern has captured the hearts of TCU players and fans, and for good reason, the Frogs are always looking for ways to impact the community in everything they do. On Monday, they spent time with kids at Children's Hospital of Omaha to get a healthy dose of perspective.
"It's great to win and it’d be awesome to win the College World Series. But, at the end of the day it's a baseball tournament and they need perspective on what life is beyond the baseball field," said TCU Jim Coach Schlossnagle.
Another article on the team's trip to Children's, this one with a bit of a different flair - but I can't blame the girls, they are cute, after all. :)
"Well, they're really cute," said Annika Vohls, 16, laughing.
Vohls is a teenage softball player battling leukemia. She said her love of sports gave her a common ground with the players, but as her mom showed, a person doesn't need to be a sports fan to appreciate what the young men were doing Monday.
We all know that this isn't the typical TCU Baseball team. But what makes them different has turned from a weakness to a strength in the post season.
"Last year it was four or five guys and then two guys at the end," Schlossnagle said. "We stayed healthy all year, ended up in the World Series. This year, it’s been more of a challenge. But part of that’s fun. It’s made us stronger to have to go through that, because now everybody’s available, and they can do multiple things."
Both clubs are turning to and trusting in their veteran arms on the mound Tuesday night.
“I think confidence is a great pitch to add to your arsenal,” Chants pitching coach Drew Thomas said. “I’ve seen these guys really, really grow as a group in the last two months and with AC it’s kind of been that way too. He’s made a lot of heavy pitches the last two weeks.”
That's high praise coming from a coach who's been around the block and seen players at the highest level. But Baker has clearly earned it.
"I’ve been around some pretty special freshmen in 26 years — coached two USA national teams," Schlossnagle said. "I’ve seen it before. But it’s only like five or six guys. Those guys are all playing in the big leagues. The combination of work ethic, humility and confidence on a baseball field — all the great ones have that. I’m not telling you he doesn’t have his warts, because nobody’s perfect. But he’s special."
The Frogs and Chanticleers will get the prime time - and prime channel - treatment Tuesday night.
Who: TCU (48-16) vs. Coastal Carolina (50-16)
What: College World Series, second round
When: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Where: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Nebraska
Time: 6 p.m., Pacific time
If your options are laugh or cry... write a hilarious post instead.
“That was a punCh to the gUt.”
“The man-Child jUst hit a home run.”
“I’m going To drink a CUp of tears.”
“Those purple uniforms are Cringe-worthy and hideoUs.”
“They Couldn’t let Us have just this one?”
“Losing 82-27 is embarrassing.”
This was written prior to Duvernay's return visit to TCU, which occurred over the weekend. A decision from the no. 3 ranked wide receiver in the country is expected this week. He is good enough to make an immediate impact at either program, even if he chooses the receiver rich program at TCU.
Duvernay previously said TCU was the favorite. The No. 42-ranked prospect in the 2016 ESPN 300 was in Austin Saturday morning with his parents to check out the University of Texas.
"It was good," said Duvernay of his trip to see the Longhorns. "… the visit to Texas definitely had an impact."