College Station, Texas- This Friday, May 30th, the Texas A&M baseball team will meet the Texas Longhorns in the Rice Regional in the NCAA baseball tournament. The game will be televised on ESPNU at 3 p.m. However, this is not just another game for these two teams. For all the students and those who have ever experienced the culture of Texas A&M, we know that Aggies take great pride in their athletics. Football for the most part has always been the dominating sport at A&M but no matter what sport the Aggies are playing, you can bet on thousands of screaming students and fans will be there to prove that the 12th man lives on.
For the Aggies, the rivalry between A&M and the Texas Longhorns has been some of the most anticipated games since it all began in the 1900’s. Resulting from this long time rivalry, these two schools have implemented pre-game rituals such as the Aggie Bonfire and both schools have incorporated lyrics about the other into their fight songs. I remember singing the Aggie War Hymn at my first football game and being directly exposed to the rivalry that is A&M versus TU. If you have never heard of the rivalry between these two schools, simply sing the Aggie War Hymn a several dozen times and you will understand the passion behind the Aggies and their athletics. As a student that transferred to Texas A&M in the 2011 football season, I only had one semester to be exposed to a Texas A&M versus Longhorn game. This annual game happened on Thanksgiving Day and was an event that brought thousands of dedicated fans to watch football rather than eating Thanksgiving dinner. This game in fact became an experience for the whole family where the most dedicated Aggie families spent their day sharing this great rivalry with one another. Sadly, this was the last year these two great teams would face off due to Texas A&M’s move from the Big 12 conference to the SEC.
Almost two years later, Texas A&M is finally getting the chance to return to the battlefield and challenge the Texas Longhorns once again. It may not be the game fans were looking for in football, but I believe the Aggies will storm that baseball diamond with as much passion as if it was Kyle Field. This will be the eight consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament as the No. 3 seed Aggies go up against the No. 2 seed Longhorns. This will be a game that fans of Texas A&M, the rivalry, or just baseball in general will not want to miss.
As our Fighting Texas Aggies approach game day, I challenge all of you to sing the Aggie War Hymn and be prepared to watch A&M BTHO the Longhorns as we saw their horns off once again. Thanks and Gigem! Whoop!