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Monday Thoughts: The icing on a four-year run for the Tennessee Vols
Monday Thoughts: The icing on a four-year run for the Tennessee Vols

IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTTTT’SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS MONDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! And it’s Championship Monday, too. And you wonderful people in orange know what that means.

Let’s put on our batting helmets, step up to the plate and swing our bat while the orange and white thoughts of the Tennessee Volunteers suddenly flash through my mind.

1) I wrote about this yesterday, but because of the attitude of this team, I am in a good position for today. Twice the Vols faced likely tournament elimination in the late innings – both in their first game against FSU and in Game 2 yesterday – and rose to the occasion. Crucial hits, pitching that came through late when it mattered. Not afraid of the moment. So I’m not worried or extremely nervous tonight. I probably should be nervous, but for some reason I’m not, and this is probably why.

2) I also don’t feel like this team has much to prove. Sure, that might sound like I’m emotionally hedging — or defeatist, as some would say — but it’s not. I think Tennessee baseball has proven that it is indeed one of the best in the country and that it is an elite championship program. Does it really take win number 60 and a national championship to prove that? If any Arkansas fan tells you that, they’re a blatant hypocrite, because I’m sure they would tell you the Hogs are at that level.

3) This team is as entertaining and exciting as any I have ever seen. The 2022 team very likely would have been there if they had made it to Omaha. But they didn’t, and this team did. Not only did they make it, they dominated it until the last game of the season. Just a steady progression that this program has made over the last four years. Got into Omaha in 2021 and got swept, didn’t get there in 2022, won a game in Omaha in 2023 and now is just one win away from the school’s first national title and win number 60. What a rise over the last four years and what a 2024 season to highlight that growth. Man, I’ll never forget this team, no matter what happens at 7 p.m. ET.

We’ll find out soon enough if this team will bring home a title for the first time. Still, I can’t believe what Tony Vitello, his team and the players have built over the last four years. Hopefully they can cap it off with a dogpile tonight.

Let’s go, Vols!

By Liam