Fri Jun 24 09:26pm EDT
When the NCAA mandated that metal
bats perform more like wood bats in college baseball this season, what
happened Friday afternoon at the College World Series may not have been what it
had in mind.
During the eighth inning of the
Florida-Vanderbilt game, Gators sophomore catcher Mike
Zunino snapped his bat while fouling off an inside pitch. Yes, that’s right
— his metal bat broke. Just like a wood one would’ve. Except there was no
splintering, no shards. The barrel of Zunino’s bat just snapped clean off the
See the break for yourself:
Vanderbilt senior reliever Mark
Lamm probably has bragging rights from now until forever. Metal could not
withstand his fastball. (This may also be further testament to the effectiveness
of Tommy John surgery, as Lamm underwent the procedure
in August 2009.)
Unfortunately, the camera followed Zunino back to the dugout as he got
another bat, so the video clip doesn’t show if Lamm blew smoke off his index
finger after that composite metal barrel went into the stands.
Lamm was a
sixth-round pick by the Atlanta Braves in this year’s
MLB Draft. Might his draft stock have improved if scouting directors and general
managers had seen him destroy metal with his 94 mph fastball?
But Zunino can point to the scoreboard. Florida beat Vanderbilt, 6-4,
to advance to the College World Series championship. Gators first baseman
Preston Tucker drove in the go-ahead run just before Zunino broke his bat.
Mark Jordan Lamm was born March 8th, 1988 according to http://vucommodores.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/lamm_mark00.html
March 8th, 1988
3 + 8 +2+0+1+1 = 15 = his personal year (from March 8th, 2011 to March 7th, 2012) = Self-promotion.
15 year + 6 (June) = 21 = his personal month (from June 8th, 2011 to July 7th, 2011) = On the world stage. For all the world to see.
21 month + 24 (24th of the month on Friday June 24th, 2011) = 45 = his personal day = Intense. Hardcore.