Team manager Ronald Sims has done his part to help Mississippi State stick it to opponents this season.
For the third straight season, Sims has carved a spirit stick for the Bulldogs. The intricate detail chronicles Mississippi State's entire season, and the Bulldogs consider the solid piece of cedar good luck.
“It's a little part that I've played,” Sims said. “But it's all about the guys. They're the ones who have made it happen this season.”
The stick has enjoyed continued success so far at the College World Series. Mississippi State won its opening game 5-4 over Oregon State and then rallied for a 5-4 win Monday night against Indiana.
Sims began carving his first spirit stick two years ago from a piece of wood he found in his backyard.
“The stick looked like it had the ears of a dog,” he said. “So I started carving on that one, and we called it 'Chip' because we had a chip on our shoulder that season.”
Mississippi State enjoyed success with an assist from “Chip” in 2011, going 38-25 before losing in a super regional. Sims carved another stick last year with the nickname of “W.M.” (Wanting More) and the Bulldogs went 40-24 before their season ended in an NCAA regional.