Game 1: Georgia 3, FSU 8 (Summary by Bryan E)
Game one of the UGA series was about as slow moving as a game can get. Luke Weaver got the start, and though he didn’t bring his best, it was good enough to hold the lead as the Noles drew first blood with a run in the 1st. It was a very ho-hum night until the Noles blew up for 6 runs in the 4th off of timely hitting along with our continued knack for drawing walks. “Take me out of the ballgame” is my personal favorite and we got to belt it out in the 4th.
UGA drew this game out way too long. Their pitching kept the pace at a crawl. Made no sense to me. Final score was 8-3 good guys.
Gonzalez is having a helluva season so far on the field and at the plate. Strode came in to relieve Weaver after he gave up a 2 run bomb over the right-center fence by some kid named Posey. Strode looked good tonight. Real good. He struck out the side in the 6th and put down 2 in the seventh before being relieved by Gage Smith who, I believe, finished the game. Jameis is batting 1.000 after popping a short blooper to center field. He was promptly picked off at first base after taking a speedster’s lead. Speaking of speed…. Ben Deluzio has it in spades.
Tonight just seemed to lack the energy of a big name matchup, but that’s not on us. There’s a reason the St. John’s River flows north. It’s because Georgia sucks.
See you under the oaks tomorrow for what is predicted to be a perfect FL winter day.
The big news of Friday was, of course, the US Olympic Hockey team falling to team Canada in the semi-finals. And of course we immediately had people calling for us to not sing O Canada. Indeed there was lively discussion even within the Animals on the subject. But in the end, we stuck with tradition and sang it. For the break, I came up with ‘AWKWARD!’, which I thought summed up the situation, and held true to our long history of funny and irreverent.
Game 2: Georgia 4, FSU 10
Reluctant reporter with your game two UGA synopsis. PURE ENERGY. The weather was perfect. The tailgating was epic.
It was a sellout. I even heard estimates of 600-800 fans turned away. There’s a lot of excitement around our program and I can’t help but think that Jameis alone is good for 500 tickets a game. When you add in Jimbo and Candi front and center, Dick Howser has become quite chic.
As an aside, when I was doing my cheers in the third I hadn’t noticed that the Fishers were where they were, so when I stopped in the middle he was surrounded by 4 or 5 4(or so) year old kids and he was handling it like they were his own. I asked him if he wanted to do a cheer, he declined, but one little boy in front of him said “I do.” So he did one with me and I hope it made his day. Jimbo signed the kid’s glove as I wandered away. Class act.
This was a nasty little skirmish for the first few innings. Back and forth. UGA scores, we even up. They score, we even up. Someone tried to credit my terrible Noles cheers in the third for tying the game. I blame that damn garbage can for us not taking the lead. But, honestly, it’s been asking for it for years.
UGA’s weakness obviously is it’s relief pitching because they haven’t had a lot of trouble making contact with the ball. It was the 7th when the wheels finally fell off. The good guys broke the tie with 4 runs followed by 2 more in the 8th to seal the deal 10-4. Gage Smith got the win in what seemed like a short appearance, but when you’re playing UGA your sense of time gets warped. Today’s game was even longer than last night’s. Almost 4 hours.
I’m still giggling at the early “spayed or neutered?” call. Today was a good day to be an animal. I’m so thankful to be a part of this.
As Bryan mentioned, the weather Saturday was amazing. They really should have just gone ahead and scheduled a double-header, especially knowing that the weather was going to go south the next day. But Saturday was definitely one of those fun days in the section where everyone is a little loopy and silly. That’s how the ‘Spay or Neuter’ thing got started. Somebody mentioned Bob Barker and then that happened. For the O Canada break, we went with ‘At least we’re not Russia’, as the US Hockey team failed to medal in a bronze game they clearly didn’t want to participate in.
Game 3: Cancelled
The weather did not co-operate, and the game will not be made up. On the bright side, Compton will get the start vs the Yankees.