Cody Glenn could have been in the home dugout for this weekend’s LSU-Texas A&M baseball series.
A native of Houston, Glenn had all but decided to follow most of his high school friends to A&M until he made a recruiting trip to LSU.
“Once I visited here, it seemed like a way better fit,” said Glenn, who will start for the Tigers in Thursday’s opener. “I fell in love with it. I fell in love with the campus. I fell in the love with the coaches, the players, the fan base. So I made my decision to come here. I’m thankful that I did.”
Two of Glenn’s friends from the Houston area are right-handers for the Aggies — Daniel Mengden, who will oppose Glenn, and Gandy Stubblefield.
“I’m excited pitch against them,” Glenn said.
Glenn, who also considered Rice before deciding on LSU, said he expects to have “a pretty good fan base” at Thursday’s game.
The best part of the baseball season has arrived for the Tigers. The players are wrapping up final exams, which means from here on out they can focus exclusively on baseball.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” first baseman Mason Katz said. “You wake up whenever you want, you come to field and it’s just work, work, work. We come here to get way from school during school year. Now it’s all ball. We have nothing else to worry about. This is the most fun.”
Katz made his final academic-related trip to campus for a final Monday as he prepares to graduate. He said he was excited when he arrived Monday, then not so much when he left.
“That’s when I realized I can’t play here any more,” Katz said. “I’d take more classes if I could play here more.”
Former LSU coach Skip Bertman will be one of four “SEC Baseball Legends” who will be honored at the SEC Tournament May 21-26 at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Ala.
“The SEC Baseball Legends ... allows us to honor the deep tradition and history of baseball in our league and show why the SEC is the nation’s premier baseball conference,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a news release.
Before that, though, Bertman will be honored May 17 when Alex Box Stadium is rededicated as Alex Box Stadium/Skip Bertman Field.
The other SEC honorees will be Hal Baird of Auburn, Terry Shumpert of Kentucky and Gene McArtor of Missouri.
Four legends will be recognized each year, with representatives from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee set to be honored in 2014. The inaugural class in 2012 was comprised of Dr. Jeffrey Laubenthal of Alabama, Kevin McReynolds of Arkansas, Brad Wilkerson of Florida and Rev. Reggie Andrews of Georgia.
Each SEC Baseball Legend will receive an award May 25, during the tournament semifinals. Fans will have an opportunity for autographs and photos with the honorees immediately following. The Legends will also participate in the annual SEC Youth Clinic on Friday morning.
This is LSU’s first visit to College Station since 1990, when the Tigers played a three-game series at what was then known as Olsen Field. The year before, in 1989, they made a memorable trip there for an NCAA regional, in which LSU bounced back from an early loss to win four straight games — the final two coming against the host and top-ranked Aggies, who were 59-8, on the final day.
“I never won a College World Series,” said former All-America right-hander Ben McDonald, who was a member of that team. “It’s hard to imagine anything more exciting than us winning at Texas A&M.”
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