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Eagles are one-and-done in 3AA

May 26, 2013

NEW ULM — The seventh-seeded Pipestone Area Arrows scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to erase a 6-4 New Ulm lead and then added two more insurance runs in the sixth and went on to......

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May-28-13 9:52 AM

As a former coach I would like to add that it is difficult to come up with the "right words" seconds after a disappointing game is over and the writer is asking you questions. You are dealing with a lot of emotion. Coaches put a lot of time in and have to deal with many aspects besides the game itself. It is getting harder and harder to find someone who will coach. Kudos to Jay for taking the time to coach and be a positive role model for his baseball boys!

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May-27-13 7:14 PM

Maybe my comment was a little harsh, but it sure seemed to come off as this wasn't good team, so no big deal on this loss. These kids, no matter how good they were, put it out there for you and that's what you say publicly. I would have felt a little hurt if I was a player, that's all. How about: "I'm disappointed by the loss, but we didn't make the necessary plays to win today. The kids worked hard all year, we won more than people expected us to, and I'm proud of our team." Sound a little better...that's all my point is making.

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May-27-13 8:56 AM

Add me to the confused section. Not sure what quote is tearing the team apart.

I can't offer my own personal perspective on the coach, but I do sit across a cubical from a mother whose son played for Coach Becker whose had nothing but good things to say. I put a lot of stock into her comments as well as her son didn't get much playing time.

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May-27-13 8:29 AM

I am super confused? What is wrong or out of line with his comments? Like "Skilled Laborer", I took the Meyer quote as the kid being a stud on the mound and Jay being surprised that Pipestone did as well against him as they did. And the closing quote...I didn't take it as negative had or throwing the team under the bus. Negative would be "this was a team that should have been playing for a section championship and we couldn't get the job done"

Played 2 years for Coach Backer and enjoyed every minute of those 2 seasons. "Come on Blue" you are right on, we had fun and when it all said and done, that is what truly matters. I still remember Coach Backer telling us at seasons end that our next goals in life are to be the best husband and father you can be and to work even harder at being those two things then you ever did being a baseball player. Those comments never left me.

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May-27-13 8:05 AM

I think that Jay just stated the truth to Red and many times people cannot handle the truth.It is that simple.

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May-27-13 1:33 AM

Backer did a fine job. They had four seniors on the team, that should tell you about the talent in that class. The future looks bright. However, If I was Backer, I'd get an assistant that can bring something to the table (hitting coach) and actually help him.

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May-27-13 12:50 AM


What prompted me to write something was the comment that drew fire at the end of this article by "Integrity". I remember asking Jay prior to the start of a game this year if this years team was going to make it back to the section finals. Now I am paraphrasing, but I remember him making the comment that he didn't think they had the fire power offensively or depth on the mound to match Fairmont, Luverne and he said one other team that I can't remember, but they were going to give it their best effort. From the article, it sounded like it came out wrong or the reporter wrote it down wrong.

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May-27-13 12:39 AM

Wow, never thought I would actually write something in one of the comments forums, but after seeing some comments about Jay, I felt the need. I have been umpiring HS baseball for 19 years. With newspapers going online, it has made it easier to follow players and programs which many umpires do. I read almost all the game write ups in the local papers. I usually have the Eagles games when they travel to Blue Earth and/or Fairmont every year. As umpires we get to know the head coaches very well and we talk among our inner circle. I can tell you for certain the Jay is one of the classiest coaches and most respected coaches in the umpire community in so. mn. I never had an encounter with poor sportsmanship (thrown equipment, foul language, etc) from any coach or player from NU since Jay has taken over the program. He is very positive towards his players and it players always seem to be having fun playing the game.

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May-26-13 10:40 PM

Having a boy that played for Backer a couple of years ago, I can assure these comments were not stated as intended or it was the heat of the moment and not meant. He always puts the kids first. I guess I took the Meyer quote as the kid being a very good pitcher that Coach Backer was surprised to see get hit that hard. Jay was one, if not the nicest coaches my boy ever played for. I remember my boy telling me how much he treated the team members like adults and not kids and referred to them as young men and not boys.

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May-26-13 5:48 PM

Jay Backer does not seem like a person I want to coach my boys with quotes like that.

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May-26-13 11:18 AM

Nice end quote Backer - tear down your own team. What's that say about you as a coach?

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