Leave it to Mark Light Shake to come up with an appropriate, and likely delicious, new concoction for the baseball postseason that begins with the Coral Gables Regional on Friday, when No. 2 seed FAU (38-17) meets No. 3 seed Long Beach State (36-20) at 1 p.m. and No. 3 national seed Miami (45-11) meets No. 4 seed Stetson (29-29).
The vanilla shake, shown in the picture above, is graced with a churro stick that looks a lot like the bat that UM third baseman Edgar Michelangeli held straight up in the air before he flipped it to run the bases as he watched his three-run homer sail over the left-field fence to put UM ahead for good last week against NC State in the ACC tournament. I must admit, I became an instant Michelangeli fan watching the flip.
When the Miami Herald asked Michelangeli what life has been like since “The Bat Flip Heard ‘Round the World,’’ here’s what he said:
“Obviously it’s been fun. I’ve tried to keep it lighthearted and not really think about the home run because we still have games to play. I had fun the next day. All my teammates were joking about it. But it’s time to move on and play regionals now.’’
What were you thinking when you did that, Edgar?
“I don’t think I was thinking much,’’ he said with a grin. “It was just reaction. I had high emotions. I was very excited. It just happened.’’
We have a very strong feeling that a LOT of Bat Flip Shakes will be sold this weekend at The Light.
You paying attention, Edgar?
KUDOS TO GINO AND J.D.
While you’re in the reading mood, please check out this story on longtime Hurricanes’ assistants J.D. Arteaga and Gino DiMare, both former players and both top-notch coaches. Thanks to our Michael Stern, who has done a great job in his internship with us and is off to the Cape Cod League to do some broadcasting this summer. We’ll miss him! Follow him @michaeljstern23
DANNY GARCIA STARTING FOR CANES
UM announced it will start left-handed junior Danny Garcia (9-3, 3.62 ERA), the usual Sunday afternoon starter during the regular season, against Stetson on Friday in its regional opener.
Stetson will start right-handed junior ace Mitchell Jordan (6-5, 4.07), who starred last summer in the Cape Cod League with an 8-1 record and 0.20 ERA as the Cape Cod Pitcher of the Year.
“I’m very privileged to get the rock tomorrow and just keep grinding,’’ Garcia told reporters, including the Herald’s McPherson, on Thursday. “Last year I pitched Game 4 and I got it done. This year, hopefully I get it done Game 1.’’
And if you haven’t read our profile in Friday’s paper on UM’s all-time saves leader Bryan Garcia, it’s right here.
Canes catcher Zack Collins was among 25 amateur baseball players selected as semifinalists for the 2016 Gold Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced Wednesday.
Collins lead the third-ranked Hurricanes in home runs (12), RBI (52), on-base percentage (.540), slugging percentage (.630) and leads the nation in walks with 66. His on-base percentage, the stat coach Jim Morris treasures, is second in the nation.
Collins became the first Miami player to earn back-to-back spots on the All-ACC first team since Jon Jay in 2005 and 2006.
BRANDON LOPEZ HONORED
Hurricanes senior shortstop Brandon Lopez was named a semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Award that goes to the top shortstop in the nation. Lopez, known for his great fielding and this season for extraordinary hitting (he’s batting .388 with 13 doubles and 41 RBI) has made only five errors in 131 attempts (.975) in 2016.
He has recorded career-bests with 73 hits, 43 runs scored, the 13 doubles, two home runs and the 41 RBI. He is slugging .489 and has an on-base percentage of .454.
He is expected to be one of several Hurricanes drafted next week.
Here’s this to help you keep organized:
All-session reserved seats now available to the general public!
— Hurricanes Baseball (@CanesBaseball) May 31, 2016Finally, here’s some ticket information if you plan on going this weekend:You can go online at hurricanesports.com, or call the ticket office at 1-800-GO-CANES.Pricing:All-SessionField Box -- $120.Chairback Reserved -- $90.General Admission: $60 adults, $45 youth/seniors.Single-SessionField Box -- $25 (pending availability. Only general admission seating is expected to be available on a single-session basis.)Chairback Reserved -- $20 (pending availability, same as above)General Admission -- $12 adults, $8 youth/seniors.Students -- Free with CaneCard.Parking is free in the Ponce de Leon garage, located beyond the right field wall of Mark Light Field. Fans are encouraged to arrive early because of events at the BankUnited Center.