The loss to TCU in the NCAA Baseball Tournament makes the past National Championships look even better.
I sort of hit on this last night in my "Lingering Thoughts" posts, but it's becoming more and more clear to me this morning: this season makes the back to back National Championships look even better.
Look, in Corvallis, going to Omaha and winning rings has been a way of life in the last few years. It's almost like it's an expectation. The Beavers--inferior to other teams in the NCAA Baseball Tournament and in college baseball-- were constantly becoming the best team in America at the end of the season when it mattered, blowing teams like Rice, Cal State Fullerton, and Georgia out of the water.
But this year, with OSU's relatively quick exit in regionals, we're starting to get a greater appreciation for the accomplishments of Pat Casey, Marty Lees, Pat Bailey, and the OSU players in the past years.
I think it's becoming clear to us that the Beavers may never win another National Championship again. They may never get the right pieces to the puzzle in terms of leadership they enjoyed in Mitch Canham and Darwin Barney, and they may never get that spark at the perfect time to ignite a late season run.
With all that said, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament is even a huge accomplishment. We know a lot more is possible, but quite frankly, it's ridiculously hard to do on a year-end, year-out basis.
Let's relish our back to back National Championships, but not hold this year's team up to those standards. While they might have been capable of doing what the teams of 2006 and 2007 did, it takes a whole heck of a lot to go right-- all at the right time.
How did this year's team perform, in your eyes?
Overachieved (4 votes)
Met Expectations (48 votes)
Underachieved (14 votes)
66 total votes