The LSU Baseball team took in a practice at Bellvue East High School just south of Omaha on Saturday. The team, and their coach, seemed very relaxed.
The day started with overcast skies and a few drops of rain, with much stronger weather passing souuth of Omaha. But by the time Jay Vise and I started broadcasting from the high school facility at 3:00 p.m., it was all blue skies. The team will practice again at the high school facility, assuming they win at least one of the first two games on Sunday and Tuesday.
LSU Head Coach Paul Maineiri told us that the big-time crowds all year at Alex Box have a lot to do with that.
"When you come to play at LSU, you're under a lot of scrutiny," Maineiri said. "You play in a lot of big games, you play in front of a large contingent of fans, you talk to to the media, you sign a lot of autographs, a lot is expected of you, and you play great competition in the SEC...as far as I'm concerned, it mirros what happens here in Omaha."
Tiger fans were wondering about the condition of junior 2nd-baseman Jacoby Jones, who had a stomach aillment when he arrived in Omaha. Well, from what we saw today, he looks like he's just fine. He stroked the ball well in batting practice, kocking six balls out of the park.
There was a nice showing by LSU fans at the high school, folks from across the Purple and Gold nation. One thing that will tell you how much this game, and media, has changed: Just below the press box, one somewhat older gentleman (who appeared to be about 70) was watching live streaming video of the Mississippi State game on his smart phone as he watched LSU practice.
Join me and Jay Vise for a live broadcast from WWL Tiger Central in Omaha Sunday morning from 9 to noon on WWL Tiger Radio. Geaux!