The field and the grandstands were clear of snow, the afternoon was sunny and briskly cold, and the Tigers came ready to play. Only a few hardy souls showed up to watch, and a number of those didn't stay for the entire double-header (myself included). But the Tigers finally got the home opener behind them, and increased their winning percentage from .000 to .250
♦ Missouri baseball sweeps home-opening doubleheader (Columbia Missourian)
Both of Missouri's starting pitchers, junior college transfers Jace James and Keaton Steele, put the team in prime positions to win...♦ Baseball gets first win of the season over Eastern Michigan (The Maneater)
Seventh time’s the charm...♦ Tigers dominate second half of doubleheader, winning 7-1 (The Maneater)
The Tigers won handily over the Eagles 7-1 thanks to junior pitcher Keaton Steele offering five solid innings, only giving up two hits, and junior second baseman Kendall Keeton bashing out three hits and scoring twice...♦ The Columbia Tribune has a set of great photos of the home opener double-header.
NO MORE FREE TEX
@lsufootball_net we are not allowed to webcast mizzou baseball games
— ESPN100.5/103.1 KTGR (@KTGRsports) March 6, 2013
This is the first season that KTGR.com does not have live streaming audio of the games. It's a bit disappointing, but then I'm still getting my TV channels by way of rabbit ears. Mizzou is actually one of the few major conference D-1 programs that was still giving it away for free. Online streaming of the Mizzou Baseball Broadcasts IS still available ... for a price ... by signing up for Mizzou All Access. $9.95 a month will get you access.
MIZZOU BASEBALL IN SPRING TRAINING
♦ Bond's future? He hopes it's with Giants (mlb.com)
Bond played Little League with Scott Van Slyke, the son of center fielder Andy Van Slyke, who starred for St. Louis and Pittsburgh. One day, Andy Van Slyke mentioned to Bond that he possessed a Major League-quality right-handed swing. That kind of stuff tends to stick with a person into adulthood.
As Bond observed, "When things aren't going well, you can always remember, 'Well, Andy Van Slyke said ...' "
Bond has all but legitimized Van Slyke's scouting report. The switch-hitter has batted .313 in six Minor League seasons, including .332 last year at Triple-A Fresno. He has seized his opportunities in Cactus League action, hitting .500 (6-for-12) with a team-high 1.083 slugging percentage in seven games...