Bayou Bengal Briefing: Former LSU SS Kramer Robertson hits 2 HRs in standout minor league performance
Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football with beat writer Nick Suss. Today we catch up on a grab bag of Tiger Stadium stories, check in with Tigers in the minors, recap the ESPYs and more. Enjoy!
LSU baseball in the minors
A couple of recent LSU baseball graduates achieved some firsts in the minor leagues on Wednesday. Most notably, former LSU shortstop Kramer Robertson lit it up in Single-A, smacking two home runs for the Peoria Chiefs. Robertson’s Chiefs beat Lake County 10-3. And, of course, Robertson’s mom was in attendance to see his first professional home runs.
Showing off for Mom! He did it again!
— Peoria Chiefs (@peoriachiefs) July 13, 2017
In five games since joining the Chiefs, Robertson is 8 for 22 (.364) with 4 runs scored and 3 RBI.
Elsewhere in LSU baseball news, left-handed pitcher and LSU all-time wins leader Jared Poché made his first start for the short-season Class-A Vermont Lake Monsters, throwing 2 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts and no walks while giving up 3 hits.
In that same game, former LSU right fielder Greg Deichmann went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a double. The Lake Monsters ultimately lost to Staten Island 3-2.
Tigers and Tiger Stadium
Wednesday was a slow news day for the LSU football team, but busy on the fringes. Namely, we’ve got a story about Tiger Stadium and another about Tigers in general we have to discuss.
First, let’s talk about Tiger Stadium. More specifically, let’s talk about a reported break-in of Tiger Stadium — the eighth such break-in this offseason. This time, the offender reportedly brought a prostitute with him. And while this sounds like the setup to a late-night monologue joke, it’s real.
So I’ll repeat my stance I’ve held all offseason: Stop breaking into the stadium. You gain nothing.
In less bizarre, more tangible news, the Tiger Athletic Foundation announced some revamped plans for Mike the Tiger’s enclosure. The plans include some new rocks and trees and an expansion to the water works in the enclosure, all designed to help Mike be more comfortable in his home.
Mike’s enclosure will be completed and livable by August, when the new freshman class and Mike the VII arrive in Baton Rouge.
What a night
LSU superfan and Louisiana hero Jarrius Robertson starred at the 25th annual ESPYs Wednesday night, winning the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. You can go ahead and watch the full video below.
— ESPN (@espn) July 13, 2017
Odell Beckham Jr. is in the news again
NFL legend Joe Montana had some kind words to say about former LSU wide receiver and current New York Giants standout Odell Beckham Jr.
Montana, who played with the man generally considered the greatest wideout of all time in Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, told the New York Post on Tuesday that he wouldn’t be surprised if Beckham ends up being mentioned in the same breath as Rice when his career is over.
Still, Montana was critical of Beckham’s playoff boat trip last postseason, saying the trip “might have been a little excessive.”
Alabama said words
The SEC Media Days are still going on, and the Alabama Crimson Tide took the podium Wednesday. A couple of Alabama players even had words to say about LSU. For a full read on what they think about LSU competing against the Tide, you can click here.
Beyond that, Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley had some words about former Tigers, as well.
— Scott Rabalais (@RabalaisAdv) July 12, 2017
LSU basketball’s Jalyn Patterson announced that he’ll be taking a redshirt in 2017-18 and evaluating his further options for the future Wednesday.
As Tiger Rag’s Cody Worsham pointed out, Patterson will not count against LSU’s scholarship limits for this season.
Here's the NCAA bylaw which says LSU can redshirt Jalyn Patterson without counting against scholarship. pic.twitter.com/Lpj3sDZ3EG
— Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) July 12, 2017
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Thursday is “National Delaware Day.” So if you know anyone from the nation’s first state, celebrate him or her today.
And, if not, just celebrate the state the only way I know how.
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