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National Pastime Archive: June 2008


  • PUBLISHED - Bulldogs blast way into CWS finals

    No. 8 Georgia punched its ticket to the College World Series finals yesterday afternoon, holding off a late Stanford rally for a 10-8 victory. The Bulldogs still don't know who they'll face in the best-of-three series, as No. 2 North Carolina rallied late to beat upstart Fresno State and force a deciding game this evening. By Jay LeBlanc. Published June 21 2008

  • Minor League midseason awards - A & A+

    Yesterday National Pastime honored the Outstanding Hitter and Pitcher from every double- and triple-A circuit. Today we'll take another step down the ladder and hand out awards to the first-half standouts in Class A and advanced Class A. By Jay LeBlanc. Published June 21 2008

  • Heels boot Tigers from CWS

    North Carolina had an opportunity to blow last night's College World Series game against LSU wide open last night just after it resumed and blew it. Luckily for Tar Heels fans, ace Alex White and star catcher Tim Federowicz stepped up as UNC sent LSU back to Baton Rouge. By Tom Stad. Published June 21 2008

  • KILL - Heels boot Tigers from CWS

    North Carolina had an opportunity to blow last night's College World Series game against LSU wide open last night just after it resumed and blew it. Luckily for Tar Heels fans, ace Alex White and star catcher Tim Federowicz came to play as UNC sent LSU back to Baton Rouge. By Tom Stad. Published June 21 2008

  • PUBLISHED - Piazza bleeds blue - and Mets orange

    As Mike Piazza fades into retirement, the debates regarding his career and legacy will surely gain momentum - particularly the argument about which cap should appear on his plaque in Cooperstown. But regardless of whether he goes into the Hall of Fame as a Dodger or a Met, in the eyes of Mets fans and many baseball fans in general, Piazza will always be linked with New York. By Nick Leco. Published June 20 2008

  • Minor League midseason awards - AA & AAA

    We've reached the midpoint of the minor league season, giving us a chance to take a look back at some of the top performances of the first half. We'll work our way down the organizational ladder and honor the Outstanding Hitter and Outstanding Pitcher from every minor league - a tough task considering the high level of talent in each. By Jay LeBlanc. Published June 20 2008

  • Morning Report - Friday, June 20

    Washington's Shawn Hill got lit up while Minnesota starter Glen Perkins managed to pitch around 10 hits as the Twins topped the Nats, the O's slugged their way past the Astros behind home runs from Alex Cintron and Aubrey Huff and Carl Crawford's grand slam lifted the Rays over the Cubs in a matchup of two of baseball's best teams. Catch up on all yesterday's action in today's Morning Report. By Tim Whitman. Published June 20 2008

  • Blame it on the rain

    North Carolina jumped out to a 2-0 lead over LSU in the top of the first last night before rain forced the game to be suspended until tonight at 7 p.m. College World Series officials waited more than two hours before deciding to halt the game and push the schedule back for the rest of the series leading up to the championship. By Tom Stad. Published June 20 2008

  • KILL - Blame it on the rain

    North Carolina jumped out to a 2-0 lead over LSU in the top of the first last night before rain forced the game to be suspended until tonight at 7 p.m. College World Series officials waited more than two hours before deciding to halt the game and push the schedule back for the rest of the series leading up to the championship. By Tom Stad. Published June 20 2008

  • Prospect Q&A - Chris Marrero, Washington Nationals

    There's no question that Nationals top prospect Chris Marrero can swing the bat. Now the 2006 first-rounder, who won't even turn 20 until July 2, is hoping he's finally found a defensive home at first base. By Jay LeBlanc. Published June 19 2008

  • No. 1 'Canes eliminated by Cardinal

    While the late-inning drama was nonexistent at Rosenblatt Stadium for a night, the theme of the College World Series certainly continued. "Upset" has become the buzzword in Omaha this week, and you can add another to the list as Stanford sent top-ranked Miami back to south Florida last night with a 8-3 victory. By Tom Stad. Published June 19 2008

  • Cooperstown Bound? - Don Mattingly

    Don Mattingly was a six-time All-Star, a nine-time Gold Glove winner at first base, the 1985 American League batting champ and MVP and one of the most beloved Yankees in recent memory. But is he Hall of Fame material? By Nick Leco. Published June 18 2008

  • LSU stays alive; Fresno wins again

    Two things are now apparent after yesterday's College World Series games: Fresno State is a legitimate contender for the national championship, and none of the remaining teams have any quit in them. The day-night sessions are officially over and not a moment too soon, because it may not be healthy for the hearts of college baseball fans at Rosenblatt Stadium to witness this much drama twice each day. By Tom Stad. Published June 18 2008

  • KILL - LSU stays alive; Fresno wins again

    Two things are now apparent after yesterday's College World Series games: Fresno State is a legitimate contender for the national championship, and none of the remaining teams have any quit in them. The day-night sessions are officially over and not a moment too soon, because it may not be healthy for the hearts of college baseball fans at Rosenblatt Stadium to witness this much drama twice each day. By Tom Stad. Published June 18 2008

  • My Five - The Table Setters

    Lost amidst the relentless towering blimp shots and the Stallone-sized biceps of the Steroid Era were the reasons we all love the game of baseball, why everyone could play as a kid, and why it's our national pastime. Today I will be handing out accolades to some of baseball's small wonders and my favorite players: The leadoff guys. By Sean Edward Raposa. Published June 17 2008

  • Seminoles sent packing; Bulldogs win

    Much like on the football field, where missed opportunities - in most cases, field goals - have cost the Seminoles football team possible championships, Florida State's baseball team brought about its own demise yesterday, leaving an outrageous 17 men stranded on the bases as Miami escaped with a 7-5 victory. In the winners' bracket game last night, Georgia rallied to edge Stanford 4-3 and remain unbeaten in the tournament. By Tom Stad. Published June 17 2008

  • KILL - Seminoles sent packing; Bulldogs win

    Much like on the football field, where missed opportunities - in most cases, field goals - have cost the Seminoles football team possible championships, Florida State's baseball team brought about its own demise yesterday, leaving an outrageous 17 men stranded on the bases as Miami escaped with a 7-5 victory. In the winners' bracket game last night, Georgia rallied to edge Stanford 4-3 and remain unbeaten in the tournament. By Tom Stad. Published June 16 2008

  • Prospect Q&A - Brandon Erbe, Baltimore Orioles

    Brandon Erbe dominated hitters during his first season and a half of pro baseball before hitting a speed bump last season as one of the youngest players in the competitive Carolina League. Adjustments to his delivery have yielded positive results so far in 2008, as the 20-year-old righty once again looks like he'll one day be taking his turn every fifth day for the Orioles. By Jay LeBlanc. Published June 16 2008

  • Day Two yields another CWS shocker

    "Upset" was clearly the word heard most around Rosenblatt Stadium this past weekend, and the trend continued yesterday afternoon as Cinderella story Fresno State demolished No. 6-seeded Rice 17-5. In the nightcap, No. 2 overall seed North Carolina proved it's actually possible for the higher seed to win a game in this year's College World Series as they topped LSU 8-4. By Tom Stad. Published June 16 2008

  • KILL - Day Two yields another CWS shocker

    "Upset" was clearly the word heard most around Rosenblatt Stadium this past weekend, and the trend continued yesterday afternoon as Cinderella story Fresno State demolished No. 6-seeded Rice 17-5. In the nightcap, No. 2 overall seed North Carolina proved it's actually possible for the higher seed to win a game in this year's College World Series as they topped LSU 8-4. By Tom Stad. Published June 15 2008