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Diamond Dog Hoover Notebook--Day 1

Diamond Dog Hoover Notebook--Day 1

True, any ball honked out of Hoover is impressive. What made Wes Rea's big Bulldog bomb all the more so was…he had no intention of going for that faraway fence. "I was just trying to get small," the big guy said.

No, not in homage to Steve Martin (kids, ask your parents). And suggesting a 6-5, 290-pound first baseman could do anything on a small scale boggles the Bulldog mind. What Rea wanted to do was stay within the highest-percentage approach. With just one out and teammates standing on third and second bases, Rea knew a routine fly ball would give Mississippi State a one-run lead. A base hit, that...

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