It has come to the point in the year where we have both baseball and basketball towards which we may look in but a single week. More importantly, that glorious time has arrived at such a fortuitous moment in which we may look towards both of these sports and actually have reasons to want to do so.
I am sure Akula or Omega or some other far more qualified scribe will be detailing our opponents, so I am going to this opportunity to go an entirely different route: pumpin' up 'em boys of the #Pack9. So, here goes.
The Wolfpack are garnering a bit of national (and intra-conference) attention. A quick rundown of the rankings most immediately available to me via the most cursory of Googling indicates a good deal of optimism for the team and several of the individual fellas on the diamond.
Baseball America: 8 As an added bonus, this ranking accompanies a FunFact; The 2013 year represents the first time the Pack9 have been represented in the Baseball America Preseason Rankings since a number 28 ranking prior to the 2007 season.
Perfect Game: 9
USA Today: 11
Picked in the Preseason ACC Coaches' poll to finish 1st (although it was far from unanimous).
It should come as no surprise that Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner garnered the majority of preseason accolades. Both were voted as 1st-Team Preseason All-Americans by both Louisville Slugger and Perfect Game. I couldn't find Baseball America's Preseason All-American Teams. But, then again, I didn't really exert a whole lot of effort.
So, to summarize: go Pack9, I hope Trea Turner breaks the all-time NC State stolen base record this weekend (he needs 13), and-as always- Go To Hell Carolina.