I mentioned this previously, but Syracuse head football coach Dino Babers was one of the more entertaining and candid interviews during last week's ACC Media Kickoff in Charlotte. It's almost hard not to pull for a turnaround at 'Cuse.
Babers told stories about legendary Orange hoops coach Jim Boeheim filling in as a football recruiter — and even recounted his first ever visit to Yankee Stadium, obviously a New York tradition.
The kicker? The Syracuse front man had no clue who Aaron Judge was. You know, the biggest star in the MLB right now?
"I went to my first New York Yankees baseball game this year," Babers said. "Don't hate me, I hadn't been to upstate New York so I had never been to a Yankees game. I'm not a big baseball guy, so everyone is talking about Judge. I don't know who Judge is. Then I see this huge dude running in the outfield and he catches a fly. I go, 'who in the hell is that?' They were all telling me that was Judge. You know how big he is? The guy looks like an offensive tackle in the middle of the field."
After that, Babers began playing along as reporters asked where he would utilize Judge on a football field. You know the kind of hypothetical situations we always love to toy with.
It was cool to see the head coach of a major college football program get giddy over a professional athlete. As if Judge needed another fan.