Monday, March 22, 2010

Time heals all wounds

Former JSU pitcher and big-league All-Star Todd Jones will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before tonight's game with Troy.

Nine years ago, when the Gamecocks were looking for a successor for legendary coach Rudy Abbott, Jones pitched hard for longtime JSU assistant coach Skipper Jones to get the job -- to the degree of threatening to rescind his JSU Hall of Fame enshrinement if it didn't happen.

The Gamecocks went in another direction, hiring Jim Case as their new baseball coach and Case has been in place ever since, directing the club to several conference titles and NCAA Regional appearances. Jones remains in the JSU Hall of Fame.

And now he's throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for a game against one of the Gamecocks' biggest former (and perhaps future?) rivals. Apparently, time does heal all wounds.