For Those That Think Home Field Advantage, We Bring To You The Texas A&M 12th Man
There is always a question about how much home field advantage really is effective in a game. In baseball, sure you know the dimensions of the field and get to bat last, but how much effect does the crowd have? In the NFL, we think it really depends on the arena. In Seattle, Kansas City or New Orleans, there is clearly a major home field advantage. The crowd throws off the visiting team and they repeatedly make their presence known. But in places like Metlife Stadium in New York or Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, we aren't sure there really is any major home field advantage. The same goes for the NBA and the NHL. It simply depends on the venue.
In college, when there are 18-20 year olds playing, obviously home field advantage is much more distinctive. It's incredibly tough to win inside Cameron or the Rupp Arena. Playing at the Big House or in Tuscaloosa is also seemingly an impossible task. But, what about college baseball? Sure, there is a ton of pressure, but is there really a home field advantage in college baseball? We didn't even think people went to those games.
Texas A&M has officially proven us wrong. The Aggies are one of those schools/teams that celebrate their 12th man. We've found that hokey in the past, until watching the clip below. In College Station, the Aggies fans absolutely get in pitchers heads. Immediately after four pitch walk, the student section (followed by the entire crowd) erupts into a "Ball Five" Chant. If the pitcher obliges with a fifth consecutive ball, the crowd continues with "Ball Six". It doesn't stop until the pitcher can manage to throw a strike.
The visual is incredible. Major props to the announcers too as they just let the moment breathe and don't try to talk over the insanely awesome chant. The whole three minute video is worth checking out.
If you are a visiting pitcher in Blue Bell Park, you do not want to issue a Texas A&M hitter a 4-pitch walk... https://t.co/DGFbUeY8Ms
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 12, 2016
Damn shame the Aggies were eliminated on Sunday night. Otherwise we were jumping right on that bandwagon.
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