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Pragada: Major League Baseball is back

I’m writing this column while sitting behind home plate at the Stanford-UC Davis baseball game, and despite the excellent pitching of Brendan Beck and the productivity of the Cardinal bats, I can’t take my eyes off of my computer screen, where I’ve got the first Yankees-Red Sox game of the year pulled up on a questionably legal streaming website. And wouldn’t you know it, just as I was drafting that last sentence, Mookie Betts just crushed a grand slam right over the Green Monster to put the Sox up 14-1. And if you were wondering if I’m overjoyed or upset at that outcome, I’ve been a massive Red Sox fan since I was 10 years old. Seeing the Yankees get smashed is pure ecstasy. But even so, I’ve got to sit back and ask myself, why am I actually watching Major League Baseball?

Avalon: Collegiate athletes must be students, too

The NCAA’s Core Purpose enumerates its commitment “to integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education so that the educational experience of the student-athlete is paramount.” When you watch the NBA Draft this June and see the deluge of college freshmen fleeing school, it’ll become clear this is not the case. To correct this, the NCAA must punish teams whose players are not making an honest attempt at an educational experience.