The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, April 02, 2002, Image 3

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™E BATTai some AggieUfe et’s get loud worship uied fromp Udren and, as id the right t ls being preform only do childi] see it, but she said. ‘ics has received for music and well as prizesf| his works. His id design for gar; o and New \ ng also have cclaim. ics said making! itected form of In several c I THE BATTALION viid that when j lt js Tuesday night at a Texas A&M baseball game, and the Sam 1lc pieceh iuston State coach is approaching the pitcher’s mound. Suddenly, a "'text and die mending y e j| j s heard throughout Olsen Field, “Touch his butt! [The Aggie fans are taking part in one of the A&M traditions nd at baseball games. The yell continues throughout the con testation on the pitcher’s mound, and if the request is not t. it is followed y a resounding “Tease!” Melanie Styduhar, a junior psychology major, men- Tuesday, April 2, 2002 THE BATTALION ■■■■■■ ports fans spend their weekends cheering on the Aggie baseball team By Amanda Trimble le interpret I ays,” Fredric tight like that i have a chillin' ist. I don’t knos ned the “touch his butt” yell while recalling recover trom it bout True Dr . In Rudder 401 iersen call 84545 al Performance: . in Rudder TtieaiJ >re information a* uest lecturer- The South. Hisle: orite baseball game traditions. “It’s probably my favorite because just so amusing,” Styduhar said, e fans are half as entertaining as itching the team.” Fans prepare for football games by ng to yell practice, but baseball games :er a varied collection of traditions. For mple, there is constant harassment of the 1st base coach and pitcher, sound effects for le movement of a foul ball across the net behind be plate and guesses of how many engines will eon a train. Styduhar said she started going to baseball imes as a freshman to support her friends on the ; & How to fightte am. Although she loves any athletic competition at :ontact JamesDref&M, she said the atmosphere at baseball games teps bringing her back. “It’s amusing to see everyone talk F 5:30pm. Meet' ash,” Styduhar said. “When someone Chad at 764-863J| iup to bat from the other team, they ivehim a hard time and throw off his oncentration. It’s funny to see other tudents shout stuff out of the blue, lometimes what they say is even hocking.” lames Callaway, a freshman general stud ies C0Cil ' esraa j or > said he began attending Aggie baseball games after a friend suggested that he go. ling umv) “Theatmosphere at baseball games is completely different from foot Pr fall i Callaway said. “You can get into the game more because I each person has their own individual style, whereas with I (§W/ /0u ’re yelling the same thing with everyone.” ctivities Com-• I like the baseball games a lot better (than football) eas for an actoiT' puse it’s a lot more relaxing,” said Chris Adams, a ;u of Bonfire. U| wrapplied mathematics major. “You can sit down, eat a hot an voice f ' J "* ttp://FAC.taimed 3tstugov.tamu.edi for submissions s ;j| is also ms. The first« jay in the Sbisi quiet room o.m. and in tt* ling Center 5 p.m. The ne( >e held A ations and times HI, formed 5 in its first phas ding. CHAD MALLAM • THE BATTALION dog and talk to your buddies. It’s a more laid-back atmosphere.” Adams said he had so much fun at a baseball game his freshman year that he kept coming back. “I’ve always loved baseball, ever since I was a little kid,” Adams said. “I try to go to every game, but I usually make it to about two-thirds of them.” Kourtney Rogers, a junior recreation, park and tourism sciences major, said attending A&M baseball games is a family affair. “We’re a big baseball family,” Rogers said. “I used to go as a little kid. We would drive in every weekend, and it’s a two and a half hour drive.” Rogers said she goes to every game she can, including away games. She said she misses about seven games a season. “There’s a small group of us that go to all the away games,” Rogers said. “We all know each other. At the first game of the season, we’re all hugging because we haven’t seen each other in such a 1 long time.” Rogers said that most schools do not have a loud crowd like A&M, except for one school. “Nobody really does the heckling as much as we do, except at [the University of Texas], where they’re much more vulgar,” Rogers said. “Probably the worst part about going to away games is having to put up with the other team’s fans.” The friendships and familiar atmosphere keep Rogers looking forward to baseball games every spring. “You go into the stands and everyone knows each other,” Rogers said. “It’s a more intimate crowd than at football games where you usually don’t know the person standing next to you.” Styduhar, who supports the football team as an Aggie Hostess, said even though baseball is not as fast paced as football, it is still a lot of fun. “Football is probably my first love, but I would encourage anybody who hasn't been to a baseball game to go because it’s just so entertaining,'’ Styduhar said. “You get to sit and enjoy the atmosphere, especially in the springtime when the weather’s always perfect. 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