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Q&A with MLB Network’s Kevin Millar: ‘I’m picking TCU’

Kevin Millar, center, played for four Major League Baseball teams in an 11-year career, winning a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2004. He now serves as an analyst on MLB Network.
Kevin Millar, center, played for four Major League Baseball teams in an 11-year career, winning a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2004. He now serves as an analyst on MLB Network. AP

MLB Network analyst and Intentional Talk co-host Kevin Millar is at the College World Series promoting the “Good Hands in the Stands” program for Allstate, which is donating $500 for every foul ball caught by a fan and $1,000 for every home run caught by a fan, up to $25,000 to the Boys Town in Omaha to support youth sports. The former Lamar University and 2004 World Series champion player with the Boston Red Sox talked with the Star-Telegram about the College World Series and TCU’s prospects.

How many fouls balls did you ever catch? “I never got one as a kid. I went to many Dodger games growing up and never did. To this day, getting a foul ball in the stands is a really cool thing. We’re going to try to fund a new cross-country track. It’s for a great cause. The College World Series and Allstate are doing great things, as they always do.

The home run appears to be back in college baseball. “You went through a dead period where they deadened the bats, tried to make the game more safe, but the offense was out. At least you get to see more home runs, and at the end of the day, that’s what fans want to see. The game is healthy, it’s fun. I expect nothing else in this College World Series.”

College baseball, it’s just like March Madness or college football — you just never know. Hopefully these kids go out there and have a blast. It’s the funnest time of their lives at this point.

Kevin Millar, MLB Network broadcaster

Who is your pick in the College World Series? “I like TCU. I’m picking TCU. Might be a homer pick, because I live down the street in Austin, Texas. But college baseball, it’s just like March Madness or college football — you just never know. Hopefully these kids go out there and have a blast. It’s the funnest time of their lives at this point.”

What makes you lean to TCU? “I like underdogs. I was always an underdog. I went to Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. We were a scrappy group. They’re a scrappy group. Don’t get to see them a whole lot. Obviously saw them during the regional. That’s just a team I’m going to pick and see what happens.”

Do you have a connection with any of the teams in Omaha? “My connection, to be honest with you, is John Lackey. He’s my neighbor down in Austin, and he’s gotten me pulling for those TCU Horned Frogs because he’s got buddies down there. He grew up in Abilene, Texas. I started getting on that bandwagon a couple of years ago on the football side with the offense and the speed of it. I’ve got a Horned Frog helmet sitting on my desk. It’s fun. It’s always fun to root for them.”

You live in Austin. What do you hear about a new coach to replace Augie Garrido? “You’ve always heard rumblings about Roger Clemens, if he got a chance. He’s Mr. UT. I know his name has been brought up a few times. His kids have gone there. Who knows where they’re going to go, what direction. We’ll see what happens.”

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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