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Postby q123 on 23 Aug 2018, 11:08

Each scary episode at a ballpark spurs Mandy Coolbaugh to express concern.A pitcher takes a line drive off his head. A fan in the stands gets hit. A foul ball caroms off a dugout wall, striking No. 32 of the Miami Marlins on the back of the head and knocks him off the bench, sending him sprawling on the ground.That number, 32, was one Mandys late husband, Mike, wore during his long career in professional baseball.Mike Coolbaugh was coaching first base for the Tulsa Drillers, the Colorado Rockies Double-A affiliate at the time, on July 22, 2007, when a foul ball struck him in the neck. The blow caused a ruptured artery. An hour later Coolbaugh was pronounced dead, at the age of 35.He left behind two sons, Joey and Jacob, ages 5 and 3, respectively. Mandy was pregnant with their third child at the time Mike died. Their daughter, Anne Michael, was born three months later.When the Rockies reached the National League Division Series that fall, they invited Joey and Jacob to throw ceremonial first pitches before Game 3. After Colorado played in the World Series, the team gave a full postseason share to the Coolbaugh family.The next season, Major League Baseball mandated helmets for base coaches. Mandy told Outside the Lines then, I believe theres going to be something good that comes out of Mikes death someday. We may never know what it is, but if this is the start of protecting players and coaches, then I think its a good thing.Mandy and I have been in touch about the dangers of baseball -- and how to counteract them with protective measures -- since I produced Reaction to Tragedy, a 2008 Outside the Lines TV report about Mikes legacy.The day after the ricochet off the dugout wall that decked Miamis Derek Dietrich this May -- fortunately, he was uninjured -- Mandy emailed me, wondering if the incident might help add to the discussion of safety. She was incredulous that dugouts for big leaguers, as well as for her two boys and their peers, still have inadequate protection.I just feel like I continue to see these accidents where it would be so simple to have prevented them, she said.But as Mandy has learned, change is not simple and resistance to it is the norm. In 2008, the first season after her husbands death, the majority of big league coaches opposed the new requirement that they wear helmets. The mere sight of coaches wearing them took time to seem natural.When Mandy, now 41, used to take Joey and Jacob to see Mikes games, he insisted they station themselves behind home plate, where netting would shield them from foul balls. Following several gruesome incidents in which fans were struck by balls and shattered bats at games last season, MLB issued a recommendation that stadium netting at least protect the area between the dugouts. Although it was not an edict, the teams all complied -- and a few installed netting extending to the far edges of the dugouts.Some ticket holders expressed dismay, saying they accept the peril that comes with proximity, and that netting interferes with their sense of closeness to the action in seats that are indeed close to it.Mandy emailed again in July, this time heralding the happy news that Jacob, now 12, and his Little League team from McAllister Park in San Antonio had advanced to the Southwest Regional in Waco, Texas. Ever the advocate, Mandy said the moment might also be an opportunity to raise safety awareness.I dont want my boys to be afraid, I just want people to be aware of the dangers of baseball, Mandy later told the Longhorn Network. While its a great sport, be smart about it, too.She stood in the wings, unable to hold back tears as Jacob told LHN about the dad he lost when he was so young.I know from everyone telling me, he was a really great man, Jacob said. I really miss him so. When he was killed, he happened to be wearing number 29, so thats why I wear 29. When I step on the field, I kind of feel more pride and passion because Im like re-stepping my fathers footsteps.Jacob also follows in his brothers footsteps, etching MC-29 on his helmet and cap, just as Joey did when he played for McAllister. Beyond displaying his dads initials and last number, Joey, who is about to begin high school, also set an example by studying videotape of Mike from when he played.Last week, a euphoric email came from Mandy: My son is going to Williamsport!!!McAllister made it to the Little League World Series for the third time in seven years and Mandy was still giddy about it when she appeared on Outside the Lines on Monday. Here we are, down to the last eight American teams, and its very surreal, she said.Wearing a 29 necklace, her tone transformed as she explained her motivation for speaking out about expanding protection for sports participants and spectators.Its important to me now because both my boys are playing and my daughter will eventually one day get into sports too, Mandy said. I got a call at night telling me that my husband had just been killed. I dont want anyone to have to go through that -- whether its their son, their husband, their daughter, no one should have to do that.Mandy said players at the highest level should consider the messages they send to children with their decisions. For example, no major league pitchers are wearing the protective headwear that was approved for this season, in a joint initiative of MLB and the players association.Big leaguers are their idols, theyre their role models, and if a big league pitcher is not going to wear protection over his head, you know the kids dont want to do it, she said.Mandy and the other McAllister moms are in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, wearing bright orange nail polish, as its the teams new color. In their first-round game, Jacob and his teammates will face Bowling Green, Kentucky, at 8 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN.From the time her sons started playing the game as toddlers, baseball for Mandy has been a mix of memories and misgivings, eagerness and elation. It has always been hard to see my boys walk out onto the field, but theres always been joy and pride in it too, she said.Jacob will be wearing No. 6 in the World Series, not his accustomed 29, as the players were assigned random new uniforms upon arrival. 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If Hills is out, the Terps starter would be Tyrrell Pigrome or Caleb Rowe.Coach Mike Riley said it could be a game-time decision for Armstrong, with consideration given to how Armstrong feels and whether there would a risk of aggravating the injury.The hamstring is a mystery, Riley said. You really dont know until you really go, and then you could make it worse. So we dont want to do that. We want to be pretty sure.Pigrome, a freshman, played the second half of last weeks 62-3 loss to Ohio State. He has appeared in nine games, starting against Minnesota on Oct. 15. Rowe, a senior, started four games last season and has appeared in all 10 games this season.Hills, who hurt his right shoulder in the third game, has been forced out of three games because of injury. Coach DJ Durkin, whose Terps (5-5, 2-5 Big Ten) need one win to be bowl-eligible , brushed off the suggestion that he could sit Hills and have him ready for a more winnable game next week at home against Rutgers.Its all a bunch of one-game seasons, Durkin said. Well determine what gives us the best chance to win on Saturday. If that means Perry is in the lineup, thats what were going to do. If its not, thats what were going to do. Thats solely based on what his health is.Nebraska (8-2, 5-2) is still alive in the Big Ten West , needing to win out and have Wisconsin lose once. Riley said Fyfe, who has played sparingly this season, looked good as he prepared for his possible start against the Terps.I was real excited and it kind of culminated in a real nice Thursday, which I consider a dress rehearsal day, Riley said. I thought he did a nice job, threw nice sharp balls, appeared very confident. The kids respond well to Ryker. Hes been around a long time and its not uncomfortable for them.ddddddddddddSome things to know as Maryland and Nebraska meet for the first time:SENIOR SWAN SONGNebraska will honor 30 seniors before the game, including punter Sam Foltz, who was killed in a car accident in July. Riley has often credited the senior class for its leadership after he took over last year. I wish I had more time with them, he said, because itll have gone too fast. Riley said a portion of the ceremony will be dedicated to Foltz.BACK TO BASICSLosses in five of the last six games -- and getting outscored 121-6 by Michigan and Ohio State the last two weeks -- prompted Durkin to run practices similar to the ones in fall camp. The Terps opened the season 4-0.Technique and effort. Its how we made great strides as a team, he said. We havent done that for the past couple of weeks... Its like were back in training camp. Teaching the guys how to play the position and how to play hard and do all the little things that make a difference.GAME BREAKERMaryland running back Ty Johnson has broken a Big Ten-best seven plays of at least 40 yards or longer in the Terps seven Big Ten games. Six of them have been runs. He could see an increased workload because of the indefinite suspension of Lorenzo Harrison.POUND THE GROUNDNebraska is 8-0 under Riley when rushing for at least 200 yards. The Huskers havent hit that mark since Oct. 1 against Illinois, but they have a good chance to do it against a Maryland team that has allowed an average of 291 yards on the ground against three ranked opponents.HOME COOKINNebraska is looking to finish 7-0 at home, which would be a notable achievement to Riley. There are lots of reasons here at Nebraska, such as the great fan base. Theyre such a part of the family. Its fun to play here, fun to win here, fun to see them enjoy the games. 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