Cal baseball team

Besides that crazy announcement that Cal baseball was being cut and that he would soon be out of a job, this past year has been pretty damn good for baseball coach David Esquer.

Coach Esquer — who was heavily involved in Cal baseball’s reinstatement, led the Bears to their first College World Series victory in 31 years and was named the National Coach of the Year — has now agreed to a five-year contract extension, which we hear is much, much better than having to file for unemployment.

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David Esquer agrees to new contract [espn]

Go Bears!

We couldn’t help but feel a little teary-eyed after Danny Fry’s closing statement and the unfortunate realization that the ride is actually over — Cal baseball’s Cinderella season has officially ended. As much as we really hoped our team would swing their bats all the way to a championship trophy, we at the Clog understand that this should not be a time for disappointment but for celebration. Cal baseball, against all possible odds, showed true Golden Bear valor throughout a tumultuous season that began with an uncertain future and ended at college baseball’s biggest stage.

In September, Cal baseball became one of five sports cut by the college because of budgeting. These cuts were set to begin during the 2011-2012 school year, meaning that this would have been Cal baseball’s final season. Nine months later, read more »

4448701927_6f9a633927Back in September, the heads of our outstanding institution of higher learning brilliantly decided to demote our varsity rugby team, which has won an astounding 26 national championships BTW, to club status while completely eliminating our baseball team — that same baseball team that isn’t doing too bad these days either, as you might have heard.

As if that isn’t enough to make those folks who cut these successful programs feel a little silly, Cal baseball coach David Esquer was just named National Coach of the Year.

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uci eaters... ha!All they needed was one out so that we could all enjoy a ferocious battle of the UCs in this year’s College World Series!

Had UC Irvine not let a 2-1 lead slip away in the bottom of the ninth inning with one out left, Cal would have begun their magical trip to Omaha facing the “Eaters” — oh, how sad this makes us. Can you imagine how many jokes we could have made about this team’s name alone?

Instead Cal, now the only non-southern university playing in the College World Series — which undoubtedly makes us superior (kidding!… maybe) — will face the top-seeded University of Virginia “Cavaliers” (eh, their team name isn’t as fun) beginning Sunday, June 19 at 11 a.m.

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Really? You can’t? Considering that Cal baseball has been relentlessly scrapping and clawing since long before the start of this year, we at the Clog remain completely unsurprised that they’ve pulled off yet another miracle to keep their season alive.

In an elimination game against Baylor, Cal managed to erase a 7-1 deficit — including four runs in the final inning — to win 9-8 in walk-off fashion and move on to host their first ever NCAA Super Regional. They are now only two wins away from the College World Series.

What we do find surprising, however, are read more »