Connor Harrell, Jared Miller and Mike Yastrzemski all played a big role in Vandy’s Sunday win over Tennessee. Photo: Joe Howell, VUCommodores.com
Another week in the books and the Dores are streaking, having won six straight. As has been the case of late, the team has not exactly played to its highest level, but has managed to take some punches (or in Xavier Turner’s case, fastballs to the chin) and recover for wins. With the Commodores preparing for what may be their toughest test of the season (a trip to Ole Miss in Oxford), a slightly higher caliber of play may be needed to stay on top.
As is the case with the new blog format, I plan to simply spew out my thoughts without any real care for form or formality. While it may not read quite as cleanly, it makes for much more form friendly writing. This post will discuss the sweep of Tennessee and the domination of Dramamine Miller and start with some basic national standings rundown. There’s also a little anecdote about the left-handed righty pitcher on the staff. Click through for more.
Recommended daily dosage of Dramamine Miller is two right handed batters each game, preferably after the 7th inning.
So I traveled down to Nashville this past weekend for homecoming. I was blown away by a party at the old fraternity house, ate at a Waffle House twice in the span of 18 hours (somehow survived that) and took in a football victory and two baseball defeats. I’m reserving my full thoughts for later, but I will just say that we’ve got a new member of the WI[S]M all-time Vandy favorites team.
Joining Ryan “Flash” Flaherty, Curt “Mr. President” Casali, Sonny “The King” Gray and Tony “The Man of Steal” Kemp, this freshman righty earns a nickname to pace them all. Brian Miller is a local legend in Middle Tennessee. Among the lore is that, when throwing to his high school team’s backup catcher, he had to flatten out his pitches by throwing overhand because his sidearm delivery created too much movement. I’m immediately imagining some poor 15 year old freshman doing his best Aaron Westlake impersonation behind the plate, helpless to catch a single frisbee slider.
Tougher than the catcher’s experience is that of right handed batters. On Saturday, Miller made several look downright embarrassed and his rubbery arm action on the release earned the nickname Dramamine from me. I would have experienced motion sickness but for concentrating on wiping the huge smile off my face as I watched Vanderbilt’s version of South Carolina’s John Taylor and Jose Mata. Miller gives Corbin a huge weapon that will cause righties fits. Word is that the other Miller (left hander Jared) can cause similar conniptions for left handed batters.
I broke out the camera to capture a bit of Miller’s debut from behind home plate. Click through to give a view and learn a bit more about him. Read more…