I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Interesting to see this early in the season. 14 strikeouts through 8 innings.
Edit: At least he was able to smile about it.
The Michigan baseball team beat Bowling Green today 2-0, but the bigger news was the "ugly" injury suffered by senior starting pitcher Ben Ballantine.
Ballantine went down with a gruesome ankle injury in the third inning today while trying to cover first. His status is unknown at this time— Block 'M' Baseball (@blockmbaseball) April 2, 2013
Last word was he was being treated at U-M hospital. And here's an update:
@bballantine23 our thoughts are with you tonight. We wish you a speedy recovery from surgery.— Michigan Baseball (@umichbaseball) April 3, 2013
Losing Ballantine would be a tough blow for the team to absorb, as it's already been dealing with an injured Pat Biondi, who has yet to make a full return from a sprained thumb (he has been doing some late-inning pinch-running and fielding).
EDIT: As I noted in a reply below, Erik Bakich on WTKA this morning has confirmed that Ballantine broke two bones in his ankle, and he's facing 3 to 4 months of rehab. An unfortunate way for his Michigan career to end, for sure. He tweeted this last night:
i want to say thank you as sincerely as i possibly can for the prayers and support.. all of them mean a lot.. michigan has built me strong— Ben Ballantine (@bBallantine23) April 3, 2013
For maximum effect, play the below while the image plays.
They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. "Of course, we won't mind if you have a look around," you'll say. "It's only twenty dollars per person." They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it; for it is money they have and peace they lack.
And they'll walk out to the bleachers, and sit in shirt-sleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game, and it'll be as if they'd dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick, they'll have to brush them away from their faces.
People will come.
The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again. Oh, people will come. People will most definitely come.
Tigers lineup for the first game of the season: http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/lineup/_/name/det/detroit-tigers
CF Austin Jackson
RF Torii Hunter
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Prince Fielder
DH Victor Martinez
LF Andy Dirks
SS Jhonny Peralta
2B Omar Infante
C Alex Avila
P Justin Verlander
All things are still equal in baseball, so here's to a great year. Bless you boys, and Go Tigers!
The Michigan baseball team (now 11-14) hosted Minnesota (17-12) this weekend, and lost 2 of 3 games despite outscoring the Gophers 13-8 overall.
Minny won the first game 3-1. Logan McAnallen and Ben Ballentine combined to allow just 1 earned run, but M got just 5 runners on base all day.
Today there was a doubleheader. M punished the Gophers 11-3 in the first game, pounding out 16 hits including 4 by Travis Maezes and 3 by Cole Martin (including his first HR of the season) and Michael O'Neill. Evan Hill went 7 innings for the win.
Unfortunately the second game today resembled Friday's game, as the Wolverines could only get 6 men on base and lost 2-1. Maezes and Zach Zott each had 2 hits. Trent Szkutnik managed to scatter 9 hits over 6.2 innings despite not striking any Gophers out.
Verlander agreed to an extension through 2019, he'll make $180 million over the next 7 seasons and will have a $22 million option. Had to lock him up and they did, good job Illitch/Dombrowski.