Welcome to the Red Cup baseball mailbag. We spent a lot of time and money coming up with that incredibly original name, so feel free to offer your harshest criticism.
Earlier this week, we here at RCR put out a tweet on the Twitters (like we’re prone to do) asking for questions for the inaugural baseball mailbag brought to you by yours truly. Some of you participated. Others didn’t. That’s fine. Even I struggle to come up with quality tweets from time to time*.
* all the time
Anyway, thanks for those of you who reached out. Hopefully this will be a regular thing this baseball season. Here are some ground rules:
- This is a baseball mailbag about baseball. That being said, ask anything you want. It doesn’t have to be about baseball.
- Eat at Funky’s.
With those extracurriculars out of the way, let’s dive in.
Is cereal a type of soup?— Depressed Baseball Fan (@jkurmask) March 3, 2021
First, I spiritually identify with your name, @jkurmask. As a food blog who also writes about sports occasionally, this question is right up our alley.
In short, yes, cereal is soup, but I’d like to go a step further. It should be marketed as such. “Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Soup” has a nice ring to it. I always said I should have worked in a marketing department for a living (no I didn’t lol), and this would be my big hit within the office.
What is more important for a baseball season : good offense or good defense?— OMHOOPSHQ (@omhoopshq) March 3, 2021
Both are important to a good baseball team, but I’m going to lump “pitching” in with defense and say defense is more important. Having filth coming from the mound, to me, is more important than being able to hit dingers because inevitably your bats won’t show up to every game. It’s a tough question, but that’s my take, and that’s what they pay me for. I think?
Is a hotdog a sandwich— Justin Bush (@BushJustinD) March 3, 2021
I used to be staunchly against this, but I now find myself in the other camp after much research and deliberation with experts. I now believe that a hot dog is, in fact, a sandwich.
Growing up, if I wasn’t that hungry, I’d have a “half sandwich”—whatever luncheon meat between a single folded piece of bread. I think a hot dog fits under this banner. So, yes. Sandwich.
Who’s walkout song is the best/worst— Justin Bush (@BushJustinD) March 3, 2021
I’ll defer you to our walkout song specialist Ruby Draayer for this question (I literally just gave her that title without her permission). She believes Cael Baker has the best. I’ll have to ask her who she thinks has the worst. Me personally, not having been in the ballpark yet this season, I haven’t paid close attention to walkout songs yet. So I’m not very well-versed here.
If each Ole Miss head coach was an Avenger, who would be who?— Justin Bush (@BushJustinD) March 3, 2021
As an avid MCU fan, I love this question. For reasons of my own, I’m going to stick with the “big three” head coaches: baseball, football and men’s basketball. Here goes.
Mike Bianco — Captain America
I went here for a couple of reasons. 1. Baseball is “America’s pass time” or whatever. 2. Mike seems like a very predictable man like Cap. Very staunch in his morals and ways of doing things. Also, imagine the scene from Endgame where Cap wields Thor’s hammer. Now put Five’s face over Cap’s. Electric.
Lane Kiffin — Spider-Man
Fun-loving, different and a fan-favorite. That describes both Lane Kiffin and Spider-Man. It also helps that Kiffin is the youngest of the big three coaches, but I like to envision Lane stealing Mike’s shield in Civil War too. That’s the real reason.
Kermit Davis — Tony Stark/Iron Man
Kermit is pretty brilliant, but also has had a lot of character progression throughout his career. From his Mississippi State days (Stark’s time selling weapons to terrorists) to now (his days leading Ole Miss basketball), Kermit has changed a lot. I also think him in a giant metal suit flying around would be hilarious.