Pat Shingleton: "The Bats..."
We're accustomed to rain outs and rain delays at Alec Box stadium. The NCAA initiated lightning delays for all stadium-related games and events. Lightning caused the cancellation of LSU's season opener against McNeese and a baseball game this season was initially delayed then postponed for similar reasons. The NCAA has adopted what we have embraced for many years, the 30-30 rule. Resuming outdoor activities thirty minutes after the last lighting hit is a safety precaution. The first games of the 2-16 baseball season happened over the weekend except for the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians. Before the initiation of metal baseball bats, the Hellerich and Bradsby "Louisville Slugger" was the bat of choice for the Big Leagues and the Little Leagues. Batting gloves "weren't around" in those days and nothing could prevent the "sting" when the ball connected to the bat on a super cold day. Some would refer to these occurrences as "bees in the bats." Due to the price of wooden bats, coaches would insist that the bat label be "in your face" when gripping it. Hitting the ball on the label broke the bat and resulted in 10 laps around the field. However, a cracked bat could be repaired with nail-brads and a layer of black tape.