After suffering through seven weeks of an increasingly miserable basketball season since the Rose Bowl, it's finally time for us as Frog fans to take pride in having a Top 5 team again when Jim Schlossnagle's baseball squad hits the diamond tonight for a season-opening series against Kansas. And not just Top 5...TCU is #1 in two of the major polls.
The days of TCU baseball being Fort Worth's best-kept secret are over. Even with 1,000 additional seats being added to Lupton Stadium over the offseason, reserved tickets are sold out for the first six home games against Kansas this weekend and Cal State-Fullerton next. So if you want to check these games out but don't already have tickets, you're gonna be sitting on the grass berm along with the kids who are somehow as entertained by sliding down it on pieces of cardboard as WWHD is in certain kinds of all-hours establishments.
But a #1 ranking and a full house don't mean that a fast start is going to be easy for the Horned Frogs. As David Peterson of HornedFrogSports.com points out, there are plenty of questions facing this team. Tonight against KU, they'll be facing one of the best pitchers they'll see all year in senior T.J. Walz, who was 2nd Team All-Big 12 a year ago and set the tone with a Friday night win in the Jayhawks' series win at LSU. At the time, the Tigers were ranked...#1. The Fullerton series and a midweek road game at Baylor aren't going to be cakewalks, either.
For the hecklers among you heading out to Lupton this weekend, I'm sorry to say I haven't done extensive homework on the KU players and coaches for heckling material. It shouldn't, however, take you more than a brief glance at the roster to latch on to this low-hanging fruit. If you're going to heckle, though, try not to get totally faced like the UT fan yelling at Holaday in the Super Regional last year.