The straight scoop
from Colonel Mustard
June 10, 2002
What an experience the past weekend at Haymarket Park was. As a season
ticket holder it has been a fun season to watch. The atmosphere was
incredible. I have told people for years that baseball could be a
moneymaker here. In most places in the north it is a minor sport, but not
here. We have a great coaching staff and first-class facilities and should
be a power for the foreseeable future. Some folks think Van Horn will
leave, but he is the only college coach who year in and year out can win
the national championship without leaving his state. He would be crazy to
As for the team, we will miss Hopper, but we are playing with a lot of
confidence. Morris has come on and become the big stick that we were
lacking early in the year. Simokaitis has become a star. He is a fantastic
shortstop -- he made two unbelievable plays on Sunday. He is starting to
hit. But even if he doesn't hit, he is a huge asset. We have a speedy, athletic
outfield and other than Blevins play good D. Our pitching is sort of a
mystery after Komine. I have seen Duensing, Rodrigue and Marsden both
excel and struggle over the course of the year. But, after Shane I think
you have to go with Marsden because without him you wouldn't be here. And
Duensing seems to have the hot hand.
I hope that we can hit enough
without Hopper. I think we will, and having the experience of last year is a big
deal. We just have to hope our third and fourth starters hold up.
Being from Omaha and going to the CWS my whole life, I can hardly express what
a big deal this is to me. I was afraid I would never see that uniform
on that field, and now we have done it twice. This is important to all
Husker fans, but especially here in Omaha.
Sorry to see Richenberger go. As you know, I think that kid has a great
deal of talent. I know a lot of you thought that I was too negative about
the spring game. There were a lot of positives as well. But we will talk
football when we are done with baseball. But by the way my computer
password is Dukes.
I will file a report after each of our games. Clemson is the real deal with
a star in Greene. But at this level, all the teams are excellent.