This weekend witnessed the last time Maryland played in Dick Howser as an ACC member.
(Summaries by Bryan E)
Game 1: Turtles 3, FSU 15
Reluctant reporter with your Maryland series game one wrap up. Small in number. Large in decibels. It was cold before game time and it didn’t get any warmer. You northerly expatriates can snicker amongst yourselves, but 45 is insufferable to most of us as exhibited by the attendance.
The official numbers haven’t been released as of the time I’m writing this but my estimate is about 1500 at best. Those who missed out missed out. The turtles were quick out of the gate, scoring one in the first and playing solid defense while keeping a quick pace on the mound. Turtles drew first blood in the top of the first and it was another battle of attrition until their starter, who did more than his share, was finally sat down.
The good guys in garnet blew up for 7 in the 7th and 6 in the 8th to slam the door in a walk away win 15-3.
I think the best of the best is being saved for Sunday. Can’t wait to hear Terry’s version of Happy Trails. Can’t wait to hear GTFO, if that happens. Can’t wait to never see the turtles again.
Today had some good ones, though. A lot of “bullpen”clap clap “bullpen” clap clap. With the small crowd it was easy to get in any jabs you wanted to. Oyster John stepped his game up in a hoarse making fashion. Chilidog did his Noles cheers in the 3rd. He’s good like that.
I kept yelling “Crabcakes” and now I guess I owe Harry an hors d’oeuvre.
For such a poorly attended game it was as much fun as any so far this year.
Tomorrow should be interesting as we have already seen the best of their starting pitching and their relief got run like the hare. We’ll be under the oaks tomorrow for what is predicted to be a sunny gorgeous day. Grillmaster Matt will be there and I’ll be cooking up eggs around 10:30. Bring the family. Bring your voice. Bring meat.
It was so cold that Bryan remembered a Maryland run in the first that never happened. Maryland didn’t score until the 5th, off a 2 run shot. This was a blow-out, as has tended to be the case with FSU vs Maryland over the years, but it wasn’t the same as those that came before it. Past Maryland teams have been complete dogs, but this is a pretty decent squad that stands a good shot at post-season play. Their ace, Jake Stinnett, is a pretty good pitcher and kept his team in it through almost 7 innings. When he finally got in trouble, he was pulled and the Noles promptly jumped all over his replacement.
As Bryan mentioned, this was a poorly attended game. The combination of weather, FSU spring break and Maryland’s history did the crowd no favors. But the folks that showed up showed why FSU has the best fans in the nation. The game was a lot of fun in the section. At one point, Stinnett struck Jameis Winston out. After which I yelled, ‘You just struck out a Heisman Trophy winner. Your career has officially peaked.’ That got some chuckles from the crowd.
For the O Canada break, I went with ‘Welcome Louisville’. Louisville will be replacing Maryland in the ACC as they head off to the B1G. And upgrade in almost every conceivable way.
Game 2: Turtles 5, FSU 1
Your reluctant reporter with your Maryland series game 2 wrap up. I’ve never seen a home side of the 5th end before we could finish Oh Canada and the fight song, but that was pretty much the theme of the day. 5-1 for the turdels in an uncontested rout. We had our opportunities but left the bases loaded twice today. No quarter was given nor taken.
It started in the top of the 1st with 2 errors on the first contact of the game with Yertle laying down a bunt that Leibrandt dirted in the general vicinity of Nogowski. Nogo had no play at first, but should’ve blocked the ball off better. The insult was added to injury as the ball rolled out to the fence along the base line and was bumbled by Knief. Yep…. two errors on the first play of the game. A microcosm of aforementioned theme.
Today was a train wreck all the way around, but, damn, it was a party train. We’ve never lost a tailgate. And today we dominated. Good breakfast, great lunch and lukewarm leftovers as we licked our wounds. Grillmaster Matt always brings his A-game and is the meat making glue that binds us all together.
Todd V. made his triumphant return with his lovely family and I think they had a great time. If you don’t already know him, he’s a longtime animal who now lives in Nicaragua and is doing great things. He and his league are in need of all forms of baseball equipment. Gloves, balls, bats, helmets, catcher gear… Ya know…. baseball stuff. Bring it to the Oaks or let someone know where and when they can pick it up and I’ll give you a boiled egg for your trouble.
Tomorrow’s a new day. An already early 11 AM start is made worse by the time change tonight.
Get your beauty sleep children. Don’t forget to hydrate.
O Canada break was ‘Pay your exit fee’. Hey, $50 million doesn’t grow on trees. Grab it while ya can. Bryan is a fairly new Animal, so he hasn’t seen short 5th innings. I have seen one where we didn’t get through O Canada. I don’t like those kinds of 5th innings. Fortunately, they are rare. Unfortunately, one happened on Saturday against Maryland.
As I mentioned for the first game, Maryland is an improved team. Their Friday and Saturday starters will keep them in series throughout the year. If you get into their bullpen, it can still be happy fun time, however. Their Sunday guy won’t scare anyone, however.
Game 3: Turtles 0, FSU 7
Bryan was apparently a victim of the time change and didn’t make it to this game, so I’ll try my best. Like the Friday game, this one was sparsely attended due to the time change and the game being moved up to 11am. But those who did make it out were a lively bunch. It was a pretty fun Sunday at Howser.
As this was the final game that Maryland would play in Tallahassee as an ACC member, we tried to give them a proper send-off. Mike Compton took the lead in this endeavor by delivering a gem of a performance. A complete game shutout on two hits, 10 K’s and no walks. It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that. The Twitters told me it was the first complete game shutout since Rhett James did it in 2004.
O Canada break was ‘Hit the road, Jack’. We had a good bit of fun in the section on Sunday. In the 5th, Maryland brought in a reliever named Zach Morris. The same name as a character from the old 80’s/90’s Saturday morning TV show ‘Saved By The Bell’.
Ya’ll know we couldn’t resist that. Some samples that I can remember:
“Are you still dating Kelly Kapowski?”
“Where’s Screech? I hear he’s making interesting movies these days.”
“Mr. Belding: Drunk or just crazy?”
“Do you know Lisa Turtle?”
“Bayside *clap clap* Bayside *clap clap*…
“We want Slater *clap clap clapclapclap*…
I’m sure I am forgetting some, but we kept ourselves entertained. We also sang two improvised farewell songs to Maryland.
So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye.
You tried, you failed, now run along and hide
And to the tune of ‘We’re not gonna take it’ by Twisted Sister:
We’re not gonna miss you!
NO! We ain’t gonna miss you!
We’re not gonna miss you, not at all!
And as the game wound down to its last strike, instead of ‘K time!’ we chanted ‘Exit!’. Later, Maryland. As one wise man once said: