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BURGER BYTES: Alabama's Right Field Ragers

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TUSCALOOSA, AL - You might think tailgating in Tuscaloosa stops when the football season ends - but that's not the case these days.

The Alabama baseball team is ranked eighth in the nation right now, and going to baseball games is the cool thing to do on campus again.

Crimson Tide fans are now giving a rather warm welcome to the opposing teams outfielders.

Our own Kyle Burger (Follow on Twitter: @kyle_burger) joined the fun with the "Right Field Ragers" (@bamarightfield).

"I guess the coaches probably tell them to ignore us," student Tripp Whatley said.  "But we know we're in the their head pretty good by the end of the game."

All the chatter starts well before Alabama baseball games at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.  The students get there earlier with coolers, lawnchairs, and get free admission to sit in the new outfield seating that was created by the addition of Sarah Patterson Champions Plaza.

"The University opened the outfield here and made it so we could drink alcohol in the outfield," student Matthew Malecki said.  "Because of that, it brought another element to the baseball games and the stands are now packed every single weekend."

"Over there, there's not much going on," freshman Abby Craine said.  "But over here everyone gets so excited for the games.  I didn't know anything about Alabama sports other than football, so now we have this area everyone comes, it helps me learn more of the tradition of Alabama and sports beyond football."

The right field renovations created a seating area which was previously a hill.

They even named themselves "The Right Field Ragers" and they create quite the home field advantage for the Crimson Tide.  That's because the opposing team's right fielder takes a verbal-lashing.

"They do a great job of doing some background work before the right fielder and centerfielder get here," Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "It's all in good fun."

"We look up everything we can," Whatley said. "We look up the team rosters, we get on Facebook, Twitter, we got their girlfriends, their mom, we get everything we can find out about them to give them the most annoying conversation we can give them."

"It works too," Whately added. "Last week against Kentucky, we got in this guy's head and he was missing balls left and right, it was awesome."

Until opposing team's can figure out these mind games, Alabama will have one of the best home field advantages in the SEC.
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