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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Struggles Continue for AU Baseball

photo courtesy of AU archives
Religion and sports are intricately intertwined. Especially so here in the South I believe, as nearly every athlete give's God the glory for his or her talents.

Within the two we learn lessons that stay with us throughout our lives. These lessons serve us well. One such lesson is to treat everyone else, as you would like to be treated. A simple axiom, and yet one I fear not all have learned.

In the heart of football country breaths America's game. Baseball. Yes, baseball is important to us. We take pride in our teams, in our schools, and in our local hometown players. We care about the players themselves.
 
when Coach Golloway arrived on The Plains he said he had inherited a team with talented upper classmen, several of whom should have already been drafted. In addition, he expected his new recruits to challenge for the league’s Freshman of the Year honors.“This is going to be a great situation,” Golloway said. “There are some outstanding athletes (here).” - See more at: http://trackemtigers.com/?p=27229#sthash.2REaAQC9.dpuf
when Coach Golloway arrived on The Plains he said he had inherited a team with talented upper classmen, several of whom should have already been drafted. In addition, he expected his new recruits to challenge for the league’s Freshman of the Year honors.“This is going to be a great situation,” Golloway said. “There are some outstanding athletes (here).” - See more at: http://trackemtigers.com/?p=27229#sthash.2REaAQC9.dpuf
Auburn's baseball team did not have a very good season. Many are asking why. Especially considering the bold talk of the first year head coach who boasted that his team was "Going to Omaha" every chance he encountered.

For the coach to say we are going to Omaha doesn't bother me in the least. Every Auburn team should aspire to play for championships, period! No exceptions. 

It takes a lot of work, and a total dedication to the task. Which makes me scratch my head, when I think of this next point....
Apparently, it took getting into the season a few games to see that three veteran players "had to go." 


This next quote is from the Plainsman posted by Kyle Van Fetchmann; “We’re going to have to continue to push the elements, and ultimately we’ll win the battle,” head coach Sunny Golloway said after a rough 5-0 loss to California Feb. 22. “I don’t want it to take all year, but if we’ve got to minimize our roster then we’ll do that.” & “If we’re going to end up having some cancer in our clubhouse we’re going to end up having to cut that out and move forward,” Golloway said after the 3-2 extra innings loss to East Tennessee State Feb. 23.

If, and I mean if, those players that were dismissed were truly cancerous to this team, how does a coach not see that before the season starts? No way to defend that. Sunny Galloway made that mess, and in the process, destroyed any chance at this team reaching its potential.

If any of those three had been my son, I don't know that I wouldn't be in prison right now. Not after all of that hard work. Not after all the sacrifices that all involved incurred while getting to that level.


 This is from an article posted on AL.com by Joel Erickson;
"This has not been smooth," Golloway told Auburntigers.com. "It's been very, very bumpy. It's been bumpy because of the demands put on the program by me. I'll take full responsibility. That's why we've minimized our roster and why we will continue to minimize our roster until our attitude and effort are there.

"If the attitude and effort aren't there, you aren't going to be here." 

The surgery was not a success. The result ended with Auburn being worse than the previous season, not better. That is not acceptable. 


I will continue to support the players. 

WAR EAGLE!


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