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03/30/2014 - From The Press Box: Baseball Season Fights Through Mother Nature's Curveballs

 Very rarely do we ever get to officially broadcast the first baseball game of the season.


Simple.  Mother Nature's own curveball.

But this year, we were able to broadcast the Waverly/Lincoln Northeast baseball game on March 20 with decent weather conditions.  Some teams, though, were supposed to start the following weekend but didn't officially start their seasons until this past week.

I will say that Wednesday's game with Lincoln East and Lincoln Southeast at Den Hartog Field was one of the worst I've seen from a weather standpoint.  

Yeah, it was sunny and 60 degrees at first pitch but when you have southerly winds gusting to 40 or 50 mph it's not pleasant.

Fortunately for me, I have the luxury of sitting in a press box to work.  The people I feel sorry for are those kids (even the fans) who had to endure the stiff winds.   Dirt being kicked up often by the wind seemed to only hamper guys playing shortstop, third base and left field for just a brief moment.

These games that are played early in the season will likely not be made up.  Unless is a conference or city game, most of these weekend round-robin matchups will likely be cancelled altogether because there's barely enough room in the schedule to make them up.

Before you know it, it will be 90 degrees and unbearable with the high humidity so I better quit my bellyaching.  

My column is going to be short and sweet since we're early in the baseball season and not everyone has been able to get in as many games as they wanted.  

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Props to Pinnacle Bank Arena for a great turn out of people who showed up to the NCAA Womens Basketball Regional on Saturday.  More than 9,500 were there to see UConn and BYU and Texas A&M and DePaul.   That's the best number of people for one session in the entire tournament.

Keep it up, Lincoln!   We could get some men's first second and third round games at some point.

Oh yeah, one more thing. Now that Louisville and Arizona have been eliminated from the NCAA Mens Basketball Tourney, I've now begun the transition into full baseball mode.
Two picks of mine to win the national title are now home to watch the Final Four.

That's life for ya.

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