OSU-A&M: OK to eat beaver during Lent?

By Glenn Tanner - March 05, 2007

At the end of six innings, Oregon State continues to lead Texas A&M 5-1, but I have some extremely fascinating beaver trivia, courtesy of Wikipedia...

"In the 17th century, based on a question raised by the Bishop of Quebec, the Roman Catholic Church ruled that the beaver was a fish. The legal basis for the decision probably rests with the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas, which bases animal classification as much on habit as anatomy. Therefore, the general prohibition on the consumption of meat on Fridays during Lent did not apply to beaver meat."

Beaver -- it's what's for dinner.

A&M simply cannot get clutch hits. The Aggies have ten hits through six innings, and the only run scored on Spencer Jackson's homer leading off the fourth. Unofficially, I count nine LOBs for A&M so far.

Despite allowing Jackson's homer, Mark Grbavac was filthy in relief for the Beavers. In 2.1 innings of work, the righty struck out four and frequently made Aggie hitters look helpless with what looked like a hard, late-breaking slider.

Freshman Blake Keitzman finished up the sixth on the mound for the Beavers. Keitzman looks a little like a lefty Kevin Gunderson, OSU's closer last season. Like Gunderson, Keitzman throws very hard for a little guy. I'm really impressed with the Beaver arms, and I haven't even seen Kunz and Stutes pitch.

More random beaver trivia...

In addition to its association with Oregon State, the beaver also serves as the mascot for MIT, Cal Tech, the University of Toronto, and the London School of Economics. Jeez, that's not a bad list.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 05:58 PM on March 05, 2007

Post A Comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)

The Slogger... Posts By Site More Baseball Archives...