Alex Bregman and Will Harris join elite LSU company as World Series winners
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World Series champions
The Houston Astros won the 2017 World Series on Wednesday night, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, to bring Houston its first World Series championship. Two former LSU baseball players — third baseman Alex Bregman and relief pitcher Will Harris — won their first World Series rings as a result. Respectively, they became the 13th and 14th former LSU baseball players to win world championships in the big leagues.
Serving as the Astros’ everyday third baseman, Bregman played the bigger role of the two. The youngster hit 7 for 30 (.233) with 6 runs scored, 5 RBI and 2 home runs in the World Series, including a walk-off single to win a marathon Game 5 for the Astros.
Bregman is the first Paul Mainieri-era LSU product to play in and win a World Series. Louis Coleman earned a World Series ring for being on the 2015 Kansas City Royals roster but did not participate in the postseason. Bregman played at LSU from 2013-15, earning first-team All-America honors in 2013 and 2015 and helping lead the Tigers to two College World Series.
Harris appeared in three games this World Series, pitching 2 shutout innings. He allowed 2 hits, struck out 2 and didn’t walk a batter. In the 2017 postseason as a whole, Harris threw 4 innings, allowing 1 run on a solo home run for an ERA of 2.25. Harris played at LSU from 2003-06, appearing in two College World Series and winning one SEC regular season championship.
In addition to his stolen base and run scored Wednesday night, Bregman sawed off a couple of foul balls. One of them landed in the hands of a familiar face.
— Parker Bugg (@The_Buggman) November 2, 2017
Parker Bugg played with Bregman at LSU for three years and stayed an extra year before graduating on to the majors after the 2016 campaign. Bugg currently plays in the Miami Marlins organization.
Aside from the fact that Bugg doesn’t seem to be 100 percent clear on what irony means, there isn’t a single bad thing about this tweet. In fact, for an LSU fan, I could see this being perfect.
As for the LSU football team …
Let’s not forget in all this World Series celebration talk that LSU has a pivotal football game Saturday against unbeaten Alabama in Tuscaloosa. As has been the case for almost two weeks, the Crimson Tide are still 21-point favorites to defeat the Tigers, a spread that seems larger than it should be.
This won’t be the first time Alabama has forced a huge spread this season. The Tide have been favored to win by at least 19.5 points every game since Week 2 versus Fresno State, including being more than four-touchdown favorites to beat SEC rivals Ole Miss, Arkansas and Tennessee. Alabama covered the spreads in the Ole Miss and Tennessee games, and while it didn’t cover against Arkansas, the Tide did win by 32 points.
So, yeah, Alabama blows people out. The smart money is still probably on LSU to cover. It’s hard to imagine any team beating LSU by three touchdowns right now with the way the Tigers have played over the last month. But anything is possible when you’re playing a team as dominant as Alabama. So, don’t go betting your life savings on this game. I couldn’t control my conscience if you did that.
Health is good
On his weekly radio show Wednesday night, LSU coach Ed Orgeron labeled running back Derrius Guice the “healthiest he’s been all year.”
Coming off a bye week and a game where he ran for 276 yards, Guice seems to be in high spirits. The junior tailback didn’t speak to the media this week, so there’s no way of hearing his perspective. But watching him in practice, he looks energized and crisp. Which is necessary given the way LSU will need to attack Alabama’s defense. But you can read more about that here.
Guice isn’t the only healthy player. Other than left tackle K.J. Malone, LSU is at full health heading into Saturday. With Guice and linebacker Arden Key getting closer to 100 percent, this is probably the healthiest the Tigers have been in 2017.
Checking in with the ‘croots
Recruiting never sleeps in the college football world. That’s why SEC Country LSU recruiting guru Sam Spiegelman is a must-follow. In case you haven’t been keeping up, here are some of the stories he’s written in the past couple of days:
- Talking about Anthony Cook’s delayed decision and the pursuit of running backs
- The Tigers and Tide aren’t only going head-to-head on the field, but in recruiting, too
- What do Ed Orgeron and Co. have to get done in November?
- One Tigers commit is drawing comparisons to “Beast Mode”
- North Louisiana is a major recruiting battleground for these 2 teams
Watch me, watch me
Every Wednesday, fellow SEC Country LSU reporter Alex Hickey and I post a video called Sound Off, breaking down the biggest news of the week surrounding Tigers football. This week, we devoted the entire video to what LSU needs to do to beat Alabama.
You can watch the video below. And be sure to check back to SEC Country on Wednesday afternoons for more episodes of Sound Off.
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, the first Thursday in November is “National Men Make Dinner Day.” Like the good national holiday it is, there are rules. They are as follows:
- The main meal must include a minimum of 4 ingredients and require at least one cooking utensil other than a fork.
- The man goes shopping for all necessary ingredients.
- Clean up as you go.
I will probably observe this holiday. I will probably observe it by making jambalaya. Then, I will feel very happy. Because it’s the one thing I’m good at cooking, and it’s a good thing to be good at cooking. Hopefully, other men reading this have ideas of what their plans will be. Because this is a made-up holiday worth getting behind.
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