The Tennessee Vols baseball team did something this weekend that it hasn’t done all season.
They lost a series.
Tennessee dropped two of three to the Kentucky Wildcats this weekend. The Vols salvaged the series by beating the Wildcats 7-2 in an abbreviated 7-inning game on Saturday.
UT is now 42-6 on the season (20-4 in conference play), which is still incredibly impressive.
The Vols have irked a lot of opposing fan bases and beat reporters/columnists this season thanks to their brash style of play. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a lot of folks are celebrating Tennessee’s first series loss of the season, including an LSU sportswriter that had some unnecessary comments about Vols baseball coach Tony Vitello this weekend.
“Can’t say I’m disappointed to see that ridiculous hothead Tony Vitello lose a series,” tweeted Scott Rabalais of The Advocate.
Can’t say I’m disappointed to see that ridiculous hothead Tony Vitello lose a series. They said, the loss only serves to emphasize what a heck of a job he’s done this year. https://t.co/naHNZz6kHP— Scott Rabalais (@RabalaisAdv) May 7, 2022
I’m not sure Rabalais understands baseball very well.
Vitello has his moments on the field, but he’s incredibly composed in post-game interviews and media sessions. What happens between the lines is just part of the game. Vitello is far from the first baseball coach to get heated over a bad call. If you watch a full day of MLB, you’ll likely see an ejection or two.
Alex Cora was ejected from the game after arguing this called third strike on Trevor Story pic.twitter.com/fIRzDQOhuH— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) May 7, 2022
Braves pitching coach Rick Kranitz got ejected after this no swing call pic.twitter.com/v4CgzMslQT— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) May 1, 2022
If Rabalais is going to call Vitello a ridiculous hothead, then he’s going to have to include most MLB managers, coaches, and players on his list of hotheads.
This mostly comes down to folks not being accustomed to Tennessee baseball being elite. And they aren’t quite sure how to handle it, so instead of appreciating what an incredible season we’re seeing from the Vols, they choose to throw shade.
I guess that’s a form of flattery. Fans/reporters don’t usually hate boring, mediocre teams. Tennessee is clearly doing something right to elicit such strong reactions from the rest of the SEC.
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