Good Luck Today, Caleb Gilbert!

Caleb Gilbert, #41, takes the mound for LSU in their semi-final elimination game with Oregon State today.

Grandfather Bill Gilbert sent several of us this excited e-mail about 11 o’clock last night, Friday evening, June 23, 2017:

“LSU ended No. 1 Oregon State’s 23-game winning streak today with a 3-1 win.  They play again tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 pm on ESPN in Omaha to determine which team goes to the finals next week.  Grand-son, Caleb Gilbert is scheduled to be the starting pitcher for LSU.”

Bill Gilbert


Guess where Grandpa Bill Gilbert and many others of us are going to be at 2 pm this afternoon?

Easy guess, right? And thank God for HD big screen color TV that makes every game now as crisp and clear and colorful as they can so far bring us now to the experience of actually being there for a big moment on this level. It also doesn’t take much imagination to get in touch with the feelings our friend Bill Gilbert is going through right now. All I can say is:

“Bill, we love you. man! All of your SABR friends and colleagues are with you 100% on this one. – Go get ’em, Caleb, but also remember too. – No matter how things turn out on the field, only the “best of the best” get this far in Omaha. Give it your best shot for LSU out there on the mound today and then let the chips fall where destiny and fate intends for them to land. That’s just the way this old planet rolls.”

The winner of today’s 2 pm LSU (3-1) – Oregon State (2-1) game will move on to face the winner of the 7 pm TCU (3-1) – Florida (2-1) game that is also up for grabs this Saturday to determine next week’s pairing for the Omaha NCAA College Baseball Championship best 2 of 3 games series that begins Monday.


My apologies for misspelling “GEAUX” in the immediately preceding gust of LSU partisan salutations.


Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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2 Responses to “Good Luck Today, Caleb Gilbert!”

  1. Bill McCurdy Says:

    Congratulations, Caleb Gilbert! Your 7 1/3 innings yielded only 1 earned run on 2 hits (a single and a homer) and 1 walk as you also recorded 7 punch-outs in pitching the LSU Tigers to a 6-1 win over a great Oregon State team and securing for the Bayou Bengals a dance card for the finals at the College World Series, starting Monday night, against the winner of tonight’s other semi-final game between TCU and Florida. Your buddy, closer ace Zack Hess, came in to settle the rest of this qualifier over the last 1 2/3 outs of today’s game!

    Congratulations too, Grandpa Bill! Now you can really celebrate this Saturday night like it’s 1959 all over again! – Well, maybe not that hard these days, but, HEY, staying awake until 7 pm this Saturday night sounds like a reasonably achievable goal! 🙂

  2. David Munger Says:

    Awesome performance, Caleb has turned into Mr. Klutch….Geaux Tigers….

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