Then, in the 8th inning, someone said something to the effect of "oh, we at least scored." Then I started paying attention.
What happened next was something of great beauty and slight irony. As you probably know by now, the Tigers put 12 runs on the board, all with less than two outs.
To top it off, Dan Glevenyak, who had zero homeruns on the season, hit not one but two 3-run homeruns. JSU used five pitchers and took 71 pitches to get Auburn out. 71 in one inning.
Not since the Mother's Day Meltdown of 2011, when Auburn also had a 8-0 lead over Georgia, but eventually gave up 9 runs in the 9th inning to lose 14-11, have I seen anything like this comeback (also the same week as Mother's Day). Yes it was just JSU, but they are a strong team and are projected to make the NCAA tournament.
Yesterday, Auburn baseball defeated #18 Ole Miss by a score of 5-4 (recap), also winning the series. The game included awful umpiring, a coach ejection, excellent relief pitching, timely homeruns, and timely homerun robbing. In fact, Auburn's right-fielder, Hunter Kelley, robbed dos (it was Cinco de Mayo, had to).
That's a major feat itself, but you may also remember that Auburn's left fielder, Cullen Wacker, robbed an Ole Miss homerun in a game last season as well. Why are the Tigers such thieves of the Rebears? At least six runs have been stolen in just three simple catches. Future ESPN headline: MORE THIEVERY ON THE PLAINS.
Auburn emailed students today with quite a few updates about the goings-on with Spring sports. Most importantly, it's $1 hot dog night at Plainsman Park as the Tigers take on the Alabama State Hornets at 6pm tonight. What's better than a $1 hot dog? A $1 hot dog at Plainsman Park watching Auburn wear stirrups as God intended. That's what. But let's get to the task at hand.
Later in the email, Auburn asks students for a little help in naming the baseball student section. Here's the verbiage:
- NAME THE STUDENT SECTION
- Submit your favorite name for the Baseball Student Section. Entries will be accepted until March 30th at the promotions table at Plainsman Park or by email to email@example.com with "Baseball Student Section" in the subject line.
- The top five entries will be announced on April 1st and the students will be able to vote for their favorite. The official group name will be unveiled the weekend of April 12th during the Georgia series.
Now, I was under the impression that Auburn's baseball student section had a name. Like for over a decade. It was/is "Section 111." It has a Twitter account: @AUSection111. For whatever reason the naming rights are being put up to vote. That's okay. Let's just rename it "Section 111" again.
So contact your local county commissioner, I mean email that email address up there and let them know that you want the student section to be named "Section 111." Hopefully, it will make the top 5, and then you can vote it in. If you're into the Twitter, here's the hashtag: #KeepSection111. Join the movement.
If you like mud, if you like helping good causes, and if you like mud, do I have the event for you! Mud Mania (Auburn, AL) returns for its 2nd year this March 23rd with an all new course and even more mud. Basically, it's a 5K around an old horse farm with obstacles that are centered around the mixture of dirt and water. Mud. Mud. Everywhere. Mud.
But don't let "5K" scare you. It's not really a race. It can be if you want it to be, but you're not going to win anything for being 1st in your heat (heats start every 30 minutes throughout the day). You can take your time. You can wear a dress. Yes, some people do that, and the guy in charge of the race actually encourages costumes. But really, it's only as hard as you make it.
It's a lot of mud, it's a lot of climbing, it's a lot of crawling, and it's a lot of fun. I ran it last year, and then got a muddy picture taken with Aubie. How fun is that?! Fun and mud! What's better? Winning football games, that's what, but that's for another day.
If you want to run it, you need to hurry and register. You only have a few days left. Registration ends at in the wee hours of this Thursday, March 1st. Update: registration as been extended until Friday night at midnight. The run costs $45, which includes a t-shirt, a medal, the run, and other goodies. Oh, $45 is too much you say? Well, I gots a promo code for you. Enter 'warblogle' during the checkout process and it will knock five bucks off the price. Isn't that nice?
Auburn swept the Maine Black Bears this weekend to start the season 4-0 for the first time since 2008, Tom Slater's last year as head coach. It probably had a lot to do with this intro video, which even makes a random called third strike even more exciting.
I chalked baseball fields for two summers in high school, and I never had pumped up classical music leading me down the line. I probably would have done a better job, and made straighter lines, had I had that good fortune.
For the past two seasons, I've watched Auburn students earn prizes from racking up reward points by attending Auburn sporting events. I always wondered if I would get the chance. Today, that dream came alive.
Auburn has announced a new and improved version of the Auburn Ignited rewards program that has been opened up to fans as well. All you need is a Twitter, Facebook, and/or Foursquare account to start earning points to get signed footballs, jerseys, Under Armour gear, etc. It doesn't just stop at check-ins at events, though. Once you've joined, you can also earn points by using social media.
With the new Auburn Ignited program, points can be earned for:
- Checking in at Auburn events on Foursquare
- Retweeting the @AUAthletics twitter account
- Sharing a message or liking a post from the Auburn Athletics Official Facebook page
- Submiting an accepted photo on CrowdCameo at home football, men's basketball, women's basketball, and gymnastics events
- Posting a tweet using an accepted hashtag (#auburn, #wareagle, #WDE)
- Inviting a friend to join the program
- Scanning in at events using an Auburn Ignited card (Students only)
Each semester the top five point leaders will become exclusive members of the AU Social Club, who will treated to an elite hospitality event at Auburn. So hop on over there and join, and try to get more points than me. You won't. I've been doing all of this since I was a Baby Blogle.
Last year's Your Auburn Dads post was one of my favorites and from the what I was told, it was one of your favorites, too. The Auburn Family is just that, a family, so it only makes sense that there are deep-rooted, personal family stories and experiences that keep the Auburn Family strong. Below are a few of the stories that I was sent over the past week, and they are all sure to make you all warm and fuzzy, and maybe even have to act like you got something in your eye. We'll start it off with a friend of the 'Blogles and former Auburn Tiger...
"It's New Years Day, 1986, and my dad, Kyle McCain (Engineering, class of '82), is at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas,Texas watching his beloved Auburn Tigers take on Texas A&M in an SEC/Big 12 showdown, long before talks of the Aggies joing the SEC. The game featured Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, and an Auburn offense that was held to just 16 points by a stingy Texas A&M defense featuring a young defensive end by the name of Terry Price (Bo Jackson would become my childhood idol and Coach Terry Price would eventually recruit me to play football at Auburn). I was at that game too. Well, in a way...
My mom was a feeling a little under the weather that day, and it wasn't the (in)famous Dallas Fair Grounds funnel cakes. It was me. From the womb. PISSED about the Tigers' loss.
Many things have changed since that day. I am now a grown man. Auburn vs. Texas A&M is now a conference game. My dad's hair has turned a little grey (and there's a little less of it). Pat Dye and Bo Jackson are no longer just coach and player respectively, but are Auburn legends that we will all tell our children and our children's children about.
Many things remain the same - namely my dad's love for his family and for Auburn, and the fact that I still get pissed about every Auburn loss.
Alright, it's time to stop sulking. It's time to get back to giving you what you long for each day. It's time to give you good, quality, Auburn craftsmanship. It's time to blogle. I can't avoid it any longer. Note: if you have no idea what I'm talking about, or why I haven't finished this list just yet, you should follow me on Twitter for updates like that. But for those without the Twitter, here's a brief update...
So my 30th birthday was Saturday (5/19), which was the whole purpose of this thing. As my birthday present, Beautiful Blogle and I took a trip up to Nashville. We left Saturday morning, and on the way, I wrote the last blogle of this list (#1-6). I had no internet connection so I just saved it on the Macbook, and planned on posting it when we got to the hotel in Nashville. I threw the Macbook in the back seat on top of my "Backpack of Almost All Electronics That I Own," and enjoyed the ride through beautiful Tennessee. Note: if it wasn't for that whole Tennessee Volunteers thing, it probably would be my favorite state.
We got to Nashville a little after lunch, and instead of checking in at the hotel, we decided to leave our car in the Sheraton parking deck and walk down to Broadway to eat. About four hours later, we came back to the hotel to check in before dinner. I pulled on the rear driver's side door and it was locked. I unlocked the car, opened the door, and pulled out our luggage. I then went around to the front passenger's door to get the backpack of electronics. It wasn't there. Oh, that's right. I threw it in the back seat. Nope, not there either. Which means...