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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Rodon walked slowly off the mound after compiling these first- inning numbers: 13 pitches, two strikeouts, no hits and one warm ovation from the sellout crowd.
Rodon, 21, was a star at Holly Springs high outside Raleigh. He led the school to the N.C. 4A baseball championship.
He pitched three seasons at N.C. State, helping the Wolfpack to the College World Series.
The Chicago White Sox selected him with the third pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. After a quick stop in Arizona, and 9 2/3 innings with the Class A Winston-Salem Dash, Rodon drove to Charlotte on Monday and started for the Knights on Tuesday.
In minor league baseball, even in Class AAA, fans go to the ballpark for the sport and the experience. They watch or half-watch a game that, on a late summer night, enables them to sit outside with friends and family.
Tuesday was different. Red N.C. State shirts, caps and jerseys were common. In the fifth-inning, I made a lap around the concourse and encountered 14 fans – on the concourse – wearing Wolfpack garb.
N.C. State associate basketball coach Bobby Lutz had hoped to join them. But he had to stay in Raleigh for a meeting.
Rodon “is the type of player I’d love to coach,” Lutz says Tuesday night. “My favorite story is when he told coach Elliott (baseball coach Elliott Avent) ‘To get off my mound’ when he wanted to bring in a relief pitcher.”
Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/19/4082863_sell-out-crowd-turns-out-to-see.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy
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