Article from earlier in the week, but if you missed it, READ IT NOW.
We don't have a true, #1, ace-type lock-down Friday night starter. We don't have any one player emerging from the cloud of smoke as our flame-throwing killer closer. We have question marks at 1st and 2nd base. But this team is loaded. It is absolutely L-O-A-D-E-D. (I spelled that out in caps to emphasize the fact that we're loaded.) It's hard to say we'll be better than those Hultzen-led teams, but the talent is stacked up on the mound and in the lineup in a way I've never seen before at UVA. Loaded. Did I mention that we're loaded?
If you've held Virginia Baseball at arm's length to this point, I encourage you - nay, I implore you - pull it in tight, embrace it, love it, caress it.
Here's the reason: Nobody in the outside world really gives a shit about national championships in Swimming, Cross Country, Twiddly Winks, Tennis, Midget-Tossing, or even Lacrosse or Soccer. But people notice baseball. It's the clear #3 collegiate sport behind Football and Men's Basketball. And this season, more than any other in history*, your Cavaliers are poised for a legit run at a national championship in a sport that actually matters.
(Sorry to the Tennis, LAX, and Soccer teams -- we still love you guys.)
* Other than maybe the Ralph Sampson basketball teams.
PS -- I didn't mean to slam those other sports or any of our 22 national championships. We're really proud of those! Each and every one! But look, a baseball national championship would mean... to me at least... about as much as those 22 championships combined. (Minus maybe the 2011 Lacrosse championship, when we went undefeated.)