Fresno State’s Batesole did the right thing. Can Dodgers do the Oc­to­ber thing? And other things

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - BY DAVID WHITE

School is out, Fahren­heit is back, time to learn what we’ve learned.

And, by “we,” we mean those of who never learn that the smart money is al­ways on some­one else’s team.

Here is what we know that we know that we didn’t know be­fore …

ACE IN THE HOLE

Mike Batesole has a heart.

No, re­ally, he does, and not just be­cause his car­di­ol­o­gist has MRI proof.

Ev­ery time we write about how good Batesole’s Fresno State base­ball team is go­ing to be, twos and fours of you cloud yellers email us about your pu­trid dis­dain for the Col­lege World Se­ries cham­pion.

We get it. Batesole can be as hug­gable as in­field dirt that’s never been raked over. Here is why we like the man, any­ways.

His Bull­dogs were one win away from reach­ing col­lege base­ball’s Su­per Re­gion­als. All he had to do was throw his Fri­day night starter Ryan Jensen back on the mound Mon­day at Stan­ford. Af­ter all, the Car­di­nal did the same with their ace.

Not Batesole. On a day Jensen was drafted in the first round of the Ma­jor League Draft, Batesole re­fused to wa­ger Jensen’s fu­ture on his own present. He went with Plan C, and it cost them the game, but so what? Jensen goes pro with two un-man­gled arms.

Hate him all you want. Batesole is bet­ter than you think.

WAIT FOR IT, DODGERS FANS

The Los An­ge­les Dodgers are on pace to win, oh, 322¾ games this year.

Call us when they win four games in late Oc­to­ber. See­ing the Gi­ants just handed Clayton Ker­shaw his first loss since July 21, 2018, we don’t like their chances.

Bull­dogs, Michi­gan, LSU: 3 of a kind

Gotta say, quite a year for Fresno State’s Big Three.

The Bull­dogs join Michi­gan and Louisiana State as the only finer in­sti­tutes with 10-plus foot­ball wins, 20-plus men’s bas­ket­ball wins and 40-plus base­ball wins.

But, for the love of Jim Harbaugh, don’t tell us their 10-20-40 are equal with the other two. You’re bet­ter than Boise State, and that should be good enough.

ONE BAD AP­PLE SPOILS GOLDEN STATE

The War­riors dy­nasty is com­ing to a close, and not be­cause they might lose th­ese NBA Fi­nals to the Toronto Juras­sic Parkers.

They’ve been the great­est show on court for five years. Now they’re that guy, the one with a bil­lion­aire ven­ture cap­i­tal in­vestor shov­ing play­ers from his front-row fold­ing chair.

Way to be­come the team no one can root for any­more.

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