For those who always associate the word â€œpirateâ€ with the internet, news that real-life pirates had hijacked a ship on the high seas near Somalia was a bit of a shock.
Now it appears that real pirates are hitting home, as a new book by former Fresno TV anchor Dan Taylor titled, â€œThe Bulldog Mutiny,â€ is set to be released in June. It details, among other things, the apparent sentiment against Captain Batesole by pitching coach Mike Mayne and a shoving incident involving outfielder Trent Soares during the historic rise the team made at last yearâ€™s College World Series (CWS).
Who knew such evil underpinnings lurked in the midst of the greatest run in CWS history? Who could guess that Mike Batesoleâ€™s understated personality masks a violent nature which led players to overthrow his regime?
How exciting! How scandalous! But, as the great Lee Corso says, not so fast my friend. There are a few minor problems with all of this.
Namely, there was never an actual mutiny.
Dictionary.com defines mutiny as â€œrevolt or rebellion against constituted authority, especially by sailors against their officers.â€ Obviously, whether or not the team liked Batesole, they never actually staged a revolt (though that truly would have been a â€œhistoric riseâ€).
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Then there are the underlying details. As noted earlier, the book is by a former TV anchor, with emphasis on the â€˜former.â€™ Sad as it is, media members from all walks of life are getting laid off and taking pay cuts (this very column is being slaved over au gratis by the author). This book needs to sell and â€œThe Bulldog possible dislike of Mike Batesoleâ€ just isnâ€™t as sexy as â€œThe Bulldog Mutinyâ€.
Also, it doesnâ€™t really hold to logic that this sort of unrest would coincide with tremendous on-field success.
Delving ever further, we find that Taylor didnâ€™t attend a single game at the 2008 CWS, and as of yet is not commenting on the issues his book raises.
To be fair, the administration and Batesole have not denied the shoving story. It may very well have happened, but this is far from a mutiny, and Iâ€™ve heard many racier and more interesting behind-the-scenes stories from my buddies who played high school football.
The book hasnâ€™t been released yet, and may prove to be more ground-shaking than I suspect. However, seeing as how Batesole hasnâ€™t been suspended or reprimanded in any way thus far, it seems unlikely.
And as long as nothing major comes of it, the team should thank Taylor. This is America, and no big extraordinary event ever gets by here without a few conspiracy theories popping up. In this respect, Mr. Taylor has confirmed just how great and unusual last summerâ€™s â€œCinderella runâ€ really was.
Be warned. Elvis and Tupac are still alive, we never went to the moon, Ronald Reagan ordered the CIA to put crack in the ghettos and now the 2008 Fresno State baseball team had a secret mutiny against their head coach. What exciting company to be in!
So when June rolls around you should buy the book, read it, grab some friends, light up a few cigars under dim light and commence discussing the eerie possibilities behind the Wonderdogs. We here in the media desperately need your contribution.