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The NYT on Mike Yastrzemski and Vandy baseball

Much more about Yaz III than Vandy, and the treatment of Vandy is a bit disappointing, particularly given the author's revelation:

Yastrzemski said he knew Vanderbilt — where this writer graduated from in 1997 — only because of an N.C.A.A. video game. The virtual Commodores dominated the game because they were based on a team that included the future major leaguers David Price, Pedro Alvarez and Ryan Flaherty.

Kepner is clearly playing to the reader's perceptions about little ole Vandy, not the reality of college baseball just four years ago. Corbin had already made us an elite national team by then, so the notion of a serious prospect not having heard of us is either a lie or an indication that Mike Yastrzemski probably wasn't smart enough for Harvard.

Frankly, it would have been nice if rather than playing on stereotypes about his own school being some sort of quixotic underdog saved by Yaz III, Kepner had mentioned that Corbin has built his alma mater into the sort of powerhouse program where Yaz III doesn't even stand out. (He's good, but the numbers seem to indicate at least 4 comparable players.)

Still, not often you see nearly a thousand words about college baseball in the paper of record, so I'll take it.

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