The past few days the participating schools in the College World Series put on a display of varying strengths. Power hitting, outstanding pitching, “small ball”, the utilization of pitching staffs, squeeze plays, and sliders could all be used to describe each team’s attributes towards winning.
When the final two teams were decided, Vanderbilt and Virginia remained at the top of the tournament heap. In a best two-out-of-three format to determine the top spot, it was sure to become an exciting final few days as the talent-laden squads prepared for the games that would give us the winner of the CWS.
Clearly, both teams were talented. Virginia used power hitting and pitching to get where they were. Vandy used sacrifice bunts and finesse pitching. Although the ESPN broadcast team seemed to fall all over themselves about Virginia, the 3-game matchups gave fans an opportunity to clearly see how the rosters were so different. Both coaches made the best of what they had.
Vanderbilt won out, winning Games 1 and 3, and with it became the 2014 NCAA College World Series Champions. It was Vanderbilt’s first-ever baseball title, and came with a show of talent, grit, and determination molded by head coach Tim Corbin.
This morning I have seen quotes that run along lines such as this, “Virginia was clearly the better team…”
Partly right, mostly wrong. Virginia was clearly the better team in Game 2. That’s about it. The rest belongs to the Vanderbilt Commodores along with the Championship trophy.
That’s why the games are played, to see which team is the better of the two. Ignore any comments that don’t say it something like this: “Vanderbilt, by virtue of winning the 2014 NCAA College World Series, becomes the best team in the country.”
Did you see the period at the end of that last sentence?
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