ROMULUS —- Well the suitcase is packed and Uncle Mel is ready to go and have a hot time in the city where neon and tumbling dice cohabitate peacefully.
Hold-on the phone that is on the desk is ringing and your old Uncle Mel is getting a summons from the boss, the chief and the Editor of the News Gathering Depot and when your old uncle enters the conference room they are sitting in the office chairs smiling and then they slid across the table an envelope.
“You are going to love DeKalb at this time of the year,” Uncle Mel’s editor said as he slides the travel plans and orders across the table. “Oh man, the smell fresh farm land in the air! I almost wish I was going too.”
Eastern Michigan University baseball team will be opening up a Mid-American Conference three-game series against Northern Illinois University, Friday afternoon, beginning at 3 p.m. and to say this is the biggest series of the season for the Eagles is like saying that Mother’s Day is not an important celebration.
Everybody that will be wearing an Eastern Michigan University jersey knows that it is a huge series including Eagles baseball coach Jay Alexander.
Alexander said after the Eagles were sweep last weekend at home at Oestrike Stadium against Ball State University, that his team needs to compete against the Huskies with some pride and determination to secure a Mid-American Conference Baseball Tournament seed.
“Only thing that we did is show up on the field, we did not do anything to deserve to win,” Alexander said about his teams demise against the Cardinals.
“I don’t know much about them, they are a surprise to me too,” Alexander said about Northern Illinois University. “They have a good coaching staff over there and they have those guys playing hard and they are pitching well.”
Alexander said that the lack of senior leadership is puzzling to him because he felt that they would step up but after the sweep by the Cardinals, the seniors where getting lost in the background.
There are a dozen seniors on this squad and they each know the tremendous pride that the baseball program at Eastern Michigan University provides to the school and to the community.
The baseball program is rich in tradition of not only making it to the conference tournament but also to the NCAA.
Before Kent State University made their appearance last season at the tournament in Omaha at the College World Series, the only other team to make that event was Eastern Michigan University, in fact the Eagles made back-to-back appearances in 1975 and 76.
The Eagles have won six regular season Mid-American Conference titles the last one in 2007 and four tournament titles.
Your old uncle is thinking that it is time for the seniors to look at themselves in the mirror, pull up their stirrup and understand that they have the talent to play baseball and their coach Alexander does have confidence in them otherwise they would not be on the team.
If the seniors do not accept the roles as being team leaders then they are letting Alexander and his staff, their team mates and more important themselves down.
All Alexander is asking of the seniors to give their best out on the field and in the clubhouse-that is all that is required.
Even though Alexander does not know much about Northern Illinois University, baseball fans at Eastern Michigan University is hoping that the Eagles have enough talent and determination to surprise Northern Illinois University and come back home with a series win over the Huskies.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.