SEC fan is bipolar.
Uh, no. It's basically being a purist.
In baseball, pitching and fielding - defense is pussy ball...and jacking up ridiculous moon shots like Boise State football - is real men baseball.
Nope. There is just about zero defense or pitching on display in Omaha. I could pitch there this week and post an ERA under 2 (and I'm not a pitcher). The current setup completely devalues defense by making it too easy to shut down offenses. With dead bats and dead balls, and a fence 100 miles away, anybody can play defense. Stopping teams who have a realistic shot at stringing together hits and scoring runs? THAT takes defense.
It's just like in football. People think SEC fans crave defense because our offenses suck, then LSU goes out and puts 40+ on Oregon and Ohio State, and Bama goes out and puts up 40+ on Notre Dame. We love our defenses because they are forcing low scoring games against teams that actually CAN score against inferior defenses. This is not the case in Omaha anymore. There's just nothing impressive about holding a team to 1 or 2 runs when it basically takes a meltdown to give up any more than that no matter how good the opposing offense is.
Very few SEC fans are calling for a return to the cork-like bats of the mid- to late-'90s. What most of them -- along with everyone with a revenue stream dependent on fan interest in watching college baseball -- are calling for is a game that remotely resembles baseball. In baseball, when a pitcher lobs an easy fastball down the middle, and the batter correctly spots it and turns on it, and he makes solid contact in the sweet spot, it's not a pop fly 95% of the time. Slightly tweaking the balls (I think the minor league baseball substitution is the preferred option) and shortening the fences in Omaha to a reasonable depth would bring things back into the realm of baseball. Whatever sport they are playing in Omaha this week, it is about as much like baseball as hockey is.