Mississippi State is in the College World Series for the first time in 5 years. That's a fitting theme for Throwback Thursday. It's a regular in our football coverage, so why not for baseball? The 2013 MSU squad is beloved just like 2018.
Nick Ammirati was the catcher then, he's now an assistant coach at Hinds Community College.
I asked the former Bulldog to reflect on Omaha, the Bench Mobb, and more.
On Reaching College World Series
"We played Virginia (in Super Regionals), that last out was like the hardest out to get. I think we were up 6 - 1 and they made it with the tying run at 3rd base, and we got the last out. You saw Jake Mangum's expression when they won, that's kinda what it feels like. That facial expression that he had was just like you believe that you're going to make it there, but when you finally do, just crazy."
On The Bench Mobb
"Pitchers, they don't play all the time, baseball can get boring for them. They're just sitting there. And they were really goofy, really creative. So they tried to find ways to make the games fun for them. And it turned into a whole team wide thing. They just brought a different kind of energy to the team."
"TD Ameritrade, it's a beautiful field. Mississippi State fans are going to take over, like no doubt. We had 30 thousand people there, and probably 28-29 thousand were Mississippi State fans. Really fun to watch those guys play in that kinda atmosphere. It's definitely going to be a mini Starkville out in Omaha."
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