With all apologies to Tom Clancy, there’s a Red Storm Rising in Jamaica, Queens. The St. John’s Redmen Red Storm won their sixth Big East Tournament (a conference record), earning an automatic berth in the NCAA baseball regionals. They’ll be the third seed in the Charlottesville (VA) Regional, where they’ll face host Virginia (#1), Mississippi (#2), and Virginia Commonwealth University (#4).
I’m not an alumni (though I did attend summer courses in 1994) and I’m not a hard-core college baseball fan, but I’ll be rooting for the Red Storm when post season play kicks off on Friday. There’s a Mets connection: while this is the same university that brought us major leaguers such as C.J. Nitkowski, Rich Aurilia, Craig Hansen, former Mets Frank Viola and John Franco, also played in Jamaica. Throw in the fact that they were the visiting team in the first game ever played in Citi Field, and it’s clear that any Mets fan without a college affiliation should be rooting for the Storm.
I’m excited to see how this all turns out, and can’t wait until Friday. On a side note: though I may talk a tough game on twitter, I wish @rtjr and his Virginia Cavaliers good luck in the regionals. If the Storm doesn’t win, I hope the Hoos go all the way.
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