Texas A&M coach Rob Childress doesn't quite know what to make of his players' latest dugout good-luck charms, but he knows enough to keep his distance and let superstitious quirks reign. "I don't like the smell of pickles," Childress explained of the Aggies' affinity for shaking the briny cucumbers in the hope of helping spark comeback victories. "But they keep working, so I just do my best to stay as far away from them as I can." That's Childress in a nutshell, or in this case a pickle jar.
James and Brenda Kolek kept their boys busy on the family ranch near Shepherd, but James always made time for at least one thing with Tyler and Stephen: Throwing a baseball, and running out of daylight after a long day of chores was no problem. "After we'd get done with working or whatever we needed to do, we'd go inside the barn, turn on the lights and just play catch," said Stephen, a starting pitcher for Texas A&M.
COLLEGE STATION - There are few times in a young man's life requiring a baseball cap turned backward, at least in the mind of Texas A&M coach Rob Childress. "Fireworks on the Fourth of July," Childress reasoned. "Driving a boat. Kissing a girl." The baseball cap was designed in the 1800s to help keep the sun out of players' eyes, but that clever motif also blocks a good view of fireworks in the sky, save for a crick in the neck.
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