JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: June 22, 2013

06-23-13 WKRN Biddle Sunday Notes

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Robert Horry. …

  • There is no spell check on a dugout. At least there was none when Colllege (sic) World Series was painted on top of one of the dugouts for the ESPN world to see.

    Another gaffe was when they showed the teams participating in the College World Series and Mississippi State's mascot was the Rebels. Yikes! That would refer to bitter in-state rival Ole Miss.

    Mississippi State is playing for the championship in a best-of-three series against UCLA starting Monday night in Omaha. If State needed any added incentive to feel under-appreciated, it was hand-fed to them.

  • Look for Blackman High graduate Ross Mitchell to play a big part for Mississippi State in the College World Series. He is a sophomore with a 13-0 record and a 1.27 ERA in 33 games played. He is the son of former Overton High and Major League pitcher Charlie Mitchell.

    Both teams are coming off 4-1 decisions to reach the finals. State beat Oregon State 4-1, while the Bruins eliminated North Carolina 4-1. Obviously this will be a pitchers' series.

    Vanderbilt Coach Tim Corbin followed Mitchell in high school, and liked him a lot.

    “He was on our radar screen, but it got to a point where we had to make a decision based on numbers,'' Corbin said Saturday. “In retrospect, you look at the kids you couldn't take, and they turn out to be a really good player and you think, ‘what if.'''

    Corbin said Mississippi State found the perfect spot for Mitchell.

    “He has certainly filled a role for them,'' Corbin said. “He has found his niche, coming in during the middle of games. He is a sinkerball pitcher who pitches at the bottom of the (strike) zone. That is far different from most college guys who come in and pump it up there as fast as they can. Mitch knows where the ball is going. He knows how to pitch, especially with his family having pitched.

    “I knew he could pitch,'' Corbin added, “because he had a very good understanding of the game.''

  • I am no attorney, never played one on TV, but it seems to me New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has some serious 'splaining to do.

    He is likely facing obstruction of justice charges and it could evolve into added charges in connection with a murder investigation in which an acquaintance of Hernandez was killed.

    Police and law enforcement officers spent almost four hours Saturday inside Hernandez's house.

  • Thanks to a couple of my Facebook Friends, we located two of the recent whatever happened to subjects.

    Former Sounds and Cardinals outfielder Willie McGee is currently Special Assistant to St. Louis General Manager John Mozeliak.

    His primary responsibility is to scout and oversee the minor league teams. McGee is a former Nashville Sounds centerfielder who spent 13 of his 18 big league seasons with St. Louis. He played Double-A ball here with the Yankees.

    And, former college quarterback Brock Berlin is back in his hometown of Shreveport. Berlin is in medical supplies sales.

    He was one of a list of hot college quarterback prospects that played at Shreveport Evangel. He first signed with Florida and played his last two years at Miami.

  • Tampa Bay pitcher David Price has been away from the game for some six weeks as the Rays put him on the Disabled List with a left triceps strain.

    He pitched for the first time since May 16 in a minor league game. He threw 2½ innings for Charlotte, an A class team in the Florida State League. He was touched for two runs, one earned on two hits. He walked two, fanning four. The former Vanderbilt All-American and 2007 college player of the year said he felt like he was starting over again.

    “It's all new,'' Price said. “It feels good to be out there in a game environment. The biggest thing is getting out there and facing batters. I felt fine. I didn't try to over-do anything.''

    Reports indicated Price worked up to 96 mph with his fastball during his limited time on the mound.

  • The Bridgestone Golf/Brandt Snedeker Music City Junior golf tournament runs Monday through Thursday with Monday being a practice round for 64 boys and 22 girls representing 20 states competing at Richland CC.

    The American Junior Golf Association is recognized as the top organization in the country for junior golfers.

    Thirty-five of the golfers are from Tennessee including current Schooldays champion Alexandra Farnsworth, who is Ensworth class of 2014. She has verbally committed to Vanderbilt. Teleri Hughes is a senior, with a verbal commitment to Tennessee and Franklin's Sara Garmezy is headed to Yale.

    Ole Miss freshman Ben Wolcott from Burns, is in the field, as is junior Theo Humphrey, a Vanderbilt verbal and junior Conner Smith who verbally committed to MTSU.

    Twenty-one of the players in the field have committed to play college golf.

  • Father Ryan soccer player Luke Strebel made one of ESPN Sports Center's Top 10 plays in the state championship game. With less than one minute remaining in the second sudden death period, Strebel booted a 54-yard free kick into the net for the title.

    Ryan's boys and girls team win state titles in their division. Strebel is the grandson of Jerry “The Voice'' Strebel, who for years served as the starter for the LPGA and Senior Tour tournaments here.

  • Former Alabama running back Glen Coffee spent a season as Frank Gore's backup with the Dolphins. He retired and joined the Army.

    Coffee recently graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. He hopes to move to Fort Bragg and join the Special Forces.

    “I figured that if I'm able, the Lord's blessed me with an able body while I'm young, to get out there and get dirty,'' said the 26-year-old Coffee.

  • There's no sign of insomnia in the Bob Stoops' residence in Norman. The Oklahoma football coach and his family were asleep when their home was vandalized and one of their cars stolen.

    The vandal(s) were thought to be in the house at 3:30 a.m., but the Stoops slept right through it, not suspecting anything until the next morning.

    Now that is what I call catching some ZZZZZs.

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