The Big Blue Nation has spent a considerable chunk of time the past couple of weeks analyzing and reacting to a number of events affecting both the basketball and football programs. Bowl rings, a new stadium name, Jarren Williams, Marquan McCall, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, and Mo Bamba have all been receiving a lot of attention from the BBN.
All of these are certainly discussion-worthy, but we have months before the new seasons begin. Maybe we can take a break for a weekend and enjoy another Kentucky team that is approaching the final portion of their regular season: UK Baseball.
The Cats are poised to have one of their best seasons in the program’s history. Currently 2nd in the SEC East (and tied for 3rd overall), Kentucky has 2 SEC series remaining; UT at home this weekend, and the season finale at Florida next weekend. Head Coach Nick Mingione has already recorded the most wins in program history for a first-year coach and looks to add several more W’s to the tally.
With all the success in Lexington this season, the Cats have been gaining quite a bit of national attention as well. UK is in the running for a national seed for the College World Series and has a strong shot at winning the SEC assuming they take care of business for the final 2 league series. With so much at stake, this is the perfect time to head to The Cliff this weekend and check out these talented Wildcats. My list of (at least) 5 reasons you should go:
This is the final SEC home series for Kentucky (final regular season home game is Tuesday versus Northern Kentucky University). Tennessee is coming to The Cliff and it’s always great to see Vols sent home with a loss (or in this case, 3 losses). If you had to pick one game, then go on Saturday for Senior Night. No matter what sport, a senior night at UK is always an emotional time.
Great promotions are held for every game. For this series, the 3rd set of baseball cards will be given away at each game. Friday is Dollar Dog Night where you can get hot dogs for $1 (until the 3rd inning). Glowsticks will be given away and fireworks will follow the end of the game. Saturday is Big Blue Shirt giveaway as well as Slider Saturday. Sunday’s special is, not surprisingly, sundaes. There will also be player autographs of the baseball poster series.
It’s budget-friendly. Whether you go alone or take the whole family, a game at The Cliff is very affordable. General admission for adults is just $5, while youth (6-18) and seniors (65+) pay $2. Children under 5 and under get in FREE. Convenient parking is available, but it is first come, first serve, so don’t wait too late to arrive.
Coach Nick Mingione. What Mingione has done with these Cats this season is nothing short of remarkable. Talk to him for 30 seconds and you can’t help but break out in a big smile. His positive attitude and great energy are infectious. This has obviously had a positive impact on the team as they have a greatly improved mental toughness and have shown the ability to fight back from adversity.
They’re Wildcats. It’s that simple. We are the Big Blue Nation, the greatest fan base anywhere. Let’s show our baseball team some well-deserved love and support.