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|2013 Mizzou Baseball poster, featuring #44 Eric Anderson|
Ryan Rallo wore #15 until the year it was retired in honor of Phil Bradley. He switched to the reverse, #51#16 Alex del Rio (15-16); Reggie Johnson (14), Kendall Keeton (13), Dillon Everett (11), Tyler Clark (08-10), Gary Arndt (04-07), Felipe Tetelboin (01-02), Griffin Moore (97-98), Jay White (93-96), Rob Traupmann (88), John Rallo (84,86), Paul Summers (79-82), Mike Eader (65)
Tigers playing with Joplin on mind (Columbia Tribune, 5/28/2011)The jersey design is from '00-'03, from the James Boone era. Kelly Fick, who wore #21 in 2011, pitched the game of his career in Game #4 of the Big 12 Tournament to send the Tigers in the championship game, while the Joplin jersey hung in the dugout.
Hanging in Missouri's home dugout is a No. 21 jersey from the 2002-03 era that was discovered among the rubble in Joplin.
A photo was posted online, and catcher Ben Turner sent a text message to his father, Mark, who had driven into St. Louis on Friday to watch his younger son play a high school game. Mark Turner stopped in Joplin between 11 p.m. and midnight on the drive back to Oklahoma City to pick up the tattered jersey.
That was the only piece of property former KOMU reporter Brandon Spiegel, now working in Joplin, could find in the remains, miles away from his home.
“He goes, 'Take it and put it in their dugout,'” Mark Turner said. “ 'It kind of represents what you guys have done this year between the first half and the second half of the season.'”
|Ian Kinsler, #22|
|Kyle Gibson, #44|
In terms of the number of players drafted, #44 is obviously the most successful MU jersey number.#45 Kerrick Jackson (15/coach); Kyle Barbeck (12-13 ), Jeff Lusardi (10-11 ), Andrew Mueller (08-09), Andrew Johnston (05), Danny Hill (03-04), Drew Endicott (00)
|3rd Base Sliders|
I need some input here...who wins in a race, Billy Butler or @d_kelly5?
— Hunter Mense (@Hunter_Mense) May 19, 2013
On May 17, 2010, Anderson had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.Eric Anderson has impressed everyone with his bulldog determination to get past all the injuries and be the pitcher he once was. He has definitely earned the come-back player award this season.
On May 17, 2012, Anderson had surgery to replace the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
On May 17, 2013, Anderson's right arm helped the Tigers clinch a spot in their first Southeastern Conference Tournament (Columbia Tribune, 5/18)
"Root, root, root for the road team."
This could have been the refrain Saturday at Taylor Stadium, where No. 2 LSU clobbered the Missouri baseball team 8-0. Even after a five-hour rain delay, which several LSU fans spent tailgating under cover in the parking lots along Carrie Francke Drive outside the stadium, hundreds of purple-and-gold clad fans filled the seats behind the LSU dugout along the first-base line.
"We want a home-field advantage and, hell, we felt like we were in Alex Box," MU outfielder Logan Pearson said. "Their fans stomped our fans today." (Columbia Missourian, 3/31)
That apathy seemed evident following Tuesday’s loss. Outfielder Case Munson, who made a tremendous diving catch in the contest, was all smiles with reporters after the game despite the result. (Missourian, 4/3)
It was Missouri third baseman Shane Segovia’s shot at redemption. A base hit in the bottom of the 15th inning Saturday would make it all OK.
The ball he bobbled half-an-inning earlier that lead to Florida’s go-ahead run wouldn’t matter.
The night before, Missouri head coach Tim Jamieson pinch-hit for Segovia in the bottom of the ninth, a decision that haunted him after his replacement, Jake Ivory, struck out looking.
“I second guessed it,” Jamieson said. “Even though Shane’s struggling, he probably was still the best option at that point.” (Missourian, 4/21)
The Missouri baseball team's postgame reaction Sunday at Taylor Stadium was an unusual sight. The Missouri players were uncharacteristically jubilant after sweeping Auburn in a doubleheader Sunday, 3-1 in the first game and 4-1 in the second game, to take its first Southeastern Conference series win at home.
There were high fives all around, pitcher Keaton Steele and infielder Gavin Stark shared a chest bump-based dance, and infielder Mike McGraw rode on the shoulders of outfielder Brannon Champagne. (Missourian, 4/29)
"Pregame I didn’t sense it," Jamieson said. "Anytime that happens, it’s lack of focus, not good enough focus. I can’t explain it."
Jamieson has been at a loss throughout the season, which is on pace to be his worst at Missouri since his first season in 1995. Missouri signed Jamieson to a contract extension through 2015 following the team's Big 12 Conference tournament title last season. (Missourian, 4/30)
Doerr, donned in a bright green sweater with yellow pants, arranges a simple display on one of his couches. He’s collected a few framed photos, an autographed bat and some worn articles printed on computer paper. A fat, jewel-incrusted ring emblazoned with an “M” is wedged on his finger.Number Cruncher
7 days from @mutigerbaseball Opening Day and 7.5" of snow on the field. Mother Nature, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!! twitter.com/mcpher28/statu…
— Josh McPherson (@mcpher28) February 22, 2013
“@jpankake:Feels good to be back in South Carolina.I like our columbia a lot better.” U mean u didn't enjoy not being able to grip the ball?
— Chase Vergason (@vergason16) March 17, 2013
Monday is April. LSU is playing baseball this weekend in a place with snow still on the ground. WTF
— Pod Katt (@valleyshook) March 29, 2013
Definitely just destroyed the baseball team in a snowball fight... They don't wanna see us!! Broadway athletes get it done!
— Laurence Bowers (@MU_Highflyer21) February 26, 2013
Baseball team just dominated the basketball team in a snowball fight! #no competition @philpressey @mu_highflyer21
— Brandon Platts (@DatOthaDudeBP11) February 26, 2013
Never pick a snow ball figh with a mizzou baseball player they got crazy aim!!
— Alex Oriakhi (@aoriakhi42) February 26, 2013
Most people hit right handed or left handed. @d_kelly5 hits correct handed #superdk
— Mike McGraw (@BigGrizz3) May 3, 2013
Most people yell"ball" when a pop up is hit @d_kelly5 yells "get in my glove" #superdk
— Mike McGraw (@BigGrizz3) May 3, 2013
My boy @d_kelly5 #hecatchesmypitches twitter.com/RobbyBaseball_…
— Rob Zastryzny (@RobbyBaseball_8) February 17, 2013
I do have to admit that the barking that UGA fans do is a bit weird. Feels like I'm listening to a DMX album.
— Shawn Davis (@ShawnDizzle77) April 7, 2013
Gotta love being back in Georgia. Wife and husband come to Waffle House after wedding twitter.com/BigGrizz3/stat…
— Mike McGraw (@BigGrizz3) April 7, 2013
Truman state 0-1 in SEC play #oops
— Mike Monfre (@Kenny__9) March 14, 2013
The series finale for "Tom and Jerry" should be Tom catching Jerry and eating him. Jerry is getting too cocky
— Rob Zastryzny (@RobbyBaseball_8) April 4, 2013
Mississippi state softball team asks @easports44 what time we play tonight, his reply is "yeah tonight" #nervous
— Jake Walsh (@JakeWalsh35) May 3, 2013
Interview w/ @mutigerbaseball freshman infielder @joshlester4, courtesy of @erinandrews & @bmweiss18 #justrealhappyyoutube.com/watch?v=wiTWAY…
— Daniel Tappana (@JustTappItIn) May 15, 2013
I love monkeys but I really love high fives. All came together at one magic moment
— Mike McGraw (@BigGrizz3) March 4, 2013
Today, I go back up in the broadcasting booth to color commentate with this gem of a human being, @texlittless. lockerz.com/s/283520186
— Hunter Mense (@Hunter_Mense) February 15, 2013
View from the booth with @texlittless and @hunter_mense. Pic courtesy of @colinmcelroy twitter.com/MUTigerBasebal…
— Mizzou Baseball (@MUTigerBaseball) May 22, 2013
Only in Missouri would a dude have three toilets in his truck. And i would know the guy. @texlittless twitter.com/ShawnDizzle77/…
— Shawn Davis (@ShawnDizzle77) April 4, 2013
Mizzou's opponent tonight, Miss. St., has 25 guys on their roster who have a combover/swoop. This guy has the best... twitter.com/Hunter_Mense/s…
— Hunter Mense (@Hunter_Mense) May 21, 2013
I bought a cookie from the NORML bake sale on campus and now I've got the craving for even more cookies. Hmmm.....
— Hunter Mense (@Hunter_Mense) April 15, 2013
You know what sucks? Not filling out a bracket. You know who didn't fill one out? Me. So you know who sucks? Bill Self.
— Hunter Mense (@Hunter_Mense) March 22, 2013
It's the little things in life that I appreciate...like not having to fight the urge to pee an hour before I'm gonna wake up.
— Hunter Mense (@Hunter_Mense) March 16, 2013
1 114.5 ACC3,145 Biggest Crowd at Taylor Stadium in 2013, also biggest regular season crowd ever
2 113.0 SEC
3 112.7 PAC 12
4 109.0 Big West
5 108.6 Big 12
2012: Total: 26,357; Average: 8242013 Home Attendance Detail
2011: Total: 13,334; Average: 476
2010: Total: 19,310; Average: 715
2009: Total: 23,848; Average: 852
2008: Total: 30,687; Average: 1,136
2007: Total: 14,190; Average: 645
2006:Total: 23,906; Average: 885
2005:Total: 16,965; Average: 707
ATT - DAY DATE OPP3,145 - Fri 3/15 S. CarolinaTop 10 All-Time Home Attendance
2,563 - Sat 4/20 Florida
1,263 - Fri 3/29 LSU
1,107 - Sun 3/31 LSU
1,018 - Sun 4/21 Florida
945 - Sat 3/30 LSU
886 - Sun 5/18 Kentucky
879 - Sun 4/28 Auburn G1
879 - Sun 4/28 Auburn G2
850 - Sat 5/17 Kentucky
840 - Fri 4/19 Florida
826 - Sat 3/16 S. Carolina G1
826 - Sat 3/16 S. Carolina G2
750 - Tue 4/30 SEMO
654 - Fri 5/16 Kentucky
544 - SatT 3/9 SF
480 - Fri 3/8 SF
431 - Wed 3/13 Truman St
423 - Tue 3/12 Jackson St
400 - Tue 3/19 Arkansas St G1
400 - Tue 3/19 Arkansas St G2
306 - Wed 4/24 Missouri St
291- Fri 4/26 Auburn
227 - Wed 3/6 E Mich G1
227 - Wed 3/6 E Mich G2
127 - Wed 3/27 Neb-Omaha
6/2/07 Louisville (Regional) 3,630
6/1/07 Kent St (Regional) 3,481
6/3/07 Louisville (Regional) 3,457
3/15/13 South Carolina 3,145
5/17/08 Nebraska 3,126
5/18/08 Nebraska 2,418
4/25/98 Texas 2,347
4/24/98 Texas 2,372
5/5/12 Texas 2,2104/5/08 Okla St 2,205
6/4/07 Louisville-MU (Regional) 2,199
It was the weather.Perhaps we all should have been recognized it as a bad omen when Hattiesburg, MS, the site of the Tigers' season opening series, was hit by a tornado 5 days before Game 1. The weather man was not kind to Mizzou Baseball in 2013.
Specifically, it was the cancelation of four nonconference weekend home games in March. When SEC play started, the Tigers were a step behind. Not only have they have not been able to catch up, it seems that everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.
"I mean, I know this is not a great team, but we've been good enough to be right there," Jamieson said last week, "and you wonder, 'OK, if we'd been able to tweak a few things or get guys more prepared by playing more games, could it have been different?' It's not a great team, but it could have been a .500 club. It could have been a club that at least gives you some positives." (Columbia Tribune, May 16, 2013)
In the end its our defiance that redeems us.
— Breckin Williams (@BreckinW) March 23, 2013
I'm gonna miss these guys: @bchampagne7 @d_opel24 @scottsommertime @big_byrd18 @robbybaseball_8 @datothadudebp11 @yaboigg3
— Larry Wyatt II (@mizzoufan_1) May 19, 2013
Big 12 champs! twitter.com/scottsommertim…— Scott Sommerfeld (@scottsommertime) May 27, 2012
@bchampagne7 "I forgot what pump I'm at. What's the one behind 5?" Gas clerk, "that'd be 6..."— Scott Sommerfeld (@scottsommertime) December 5, 2012
Holdin that trophy like a boss, still can't believe it! twitter.com/BChampagne6/st…— Brannon Champagne (@BChampagne7) May 27, 2012
@big_byrd18 representing this week at #StarlightReading @mutigerbaseball twitter.com/MUAthleticsTPP…— MU TPP (@MUAthleticsTPP) March 20, 2013
This is the bomb @robbybaseball_8 gave up recently #AccordingtoRob twitter.com/Corbin1313/sta…
— Corbin Berkstresser (@Corbin1313) April 1, 2013
Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.
— Rob Zastryzny (@RobbyBaseball_8) February 6, 2013
We're going to play guess whose @mutigerbaseball calves these are? Hint: His last name starts with a Z twitter.com/ShawnDizzle77/…
— Shawn Davis (@ShawnDizzle77) January 22, 2013
Sometimes change is needed in order to follow your dreams. It's been real Mizzou. Met some amazing people the last 2 years! #MIZ #illbeback— Brandon Platts (@DatOthaDudeBP11) May 18, 2013
I honestly enjoyed my time here at mizzou. Didn't go ideally but I met so many great people and it was a good experience. I'll miss y'all— Gerrion Grim III (@YaboiGG3) May 13, 2013
"We're still going to have to score runs, and that has been our biggest issue," Jamieson said. "Rob has been great for his entire career at our place. He is going to be a high draft at the end of the year, and he has a good professional career ahead of him, and he'll compete and do fine, but we have to score runs." (Columbia Tribune, 5/21)
At least on this night, Zastryzny silenced any and all doubters. The lefty was terrific against the Bulldogs, striking out seven, walking two and allowing just one run on seven hits in nine stellar innings of work.
"He was phenomenal, focused and on a mission tonight," Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said. "I think that's about as well as he has thrown all-season long for nine-straight innings.
"I think he's the next of our pitchers to make it to the big leagues," Jamieson continued. "He has big-league type of stuff and his competitiveness is off the charts out there." (Perfect Game)
"I'm not even going to attempt to pronounce the first left-hander's name but we'll probably all know his name in five years when he's playing in the big leagues because he's really good," Mississippi State head coach John Cohen on Missouri left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny (al.com)