Shoot, there have probably been seasons when West Virginia barely drew 2,500 fans.
The baseball team is hot, having won two Big 12 series in a row, including a sweep of Kansas last weekend in Beckley. A couple of innings into the Pitt game, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin sat down at a table right on the field and signed into law the bill that will help finance a new stadium.
Yes, West Virginia lost the game to Pitt - a Top 25 team the Mountaineers had beaten earlier in the season - but even that couldn't dampen the spirits of first-year coach Randy Mazey, who said he couldn't imagine there has ever been a more significant day in the history of the program.
"We've been talking all season with this team about how to overcome adversity and our travel schedule and being picked to finish last,'' Mazey said. "Then we go and sweep Kansas after a great week at Texas, so we kind of had to flip-flop it on them and teach them how to handle success. We've been successful lately and a lot of times when a team becomes successful like that they relax a little bit and lose some bad games. You still need to keep grinding and keep fighting.''
The Mountaineers did that against Pitt, battling back after falling behind 6-0 before losing by a run, and hope to do the same this weekend against Oklahoma. The teams will play three games this weekend, at 6:30 p.m. today, 4 p.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday.
The Sooners feature some of the best players in the country. Junior pitcher Jonathan Gray will be one of the first players taken in the June draft and Matt Oberste is among the top 10 hitters in the country.
Then again, Gray hasn't pitched any better than WVU sophomore Harrison Musgrave, who has been the Big 12's pitcher of the week the last two weeks.
"I don't think there's any question about it,'' Mazey said when asked if OU might be the best team WVU will face this season. "They can really hit, they can really pitch, they can really play defense.''
But so, too, can the Mountaineers. To the surprise of almost everyone.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.