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LSU baseball ‘like a godsend’ to Louisiana flood victims


The state of Louisiana has been ravaged by some of the worst flooding in the country since Hurricane Sandy rocked the northeastern part of the United States in 2012. Everyone is trying to help in whatever way possible and it seems the LSU baseball team is right on top of things when it comes to helping the victims.

On Thursday, ESPN’s Kaylee Hartung reported a heartwarming story out of the state about how the baseball team has gone out of their way to assist those affected by the flooding.

ESPN college baseball analyst Ben McDonald is a former Tiger himself and his mother-in-law lost pretty much everything in the storms. When they heard about this, the Tigers jumped right into action and were a big help to the people in the state, especially McDonald’s mother-in-law, Margaret Smith Courville.

“It’s like a godsend. Like a godsend,” Courville said as she started to well up with tears. “These boys are wonderful. The only thing I told them was ‘please don’t get hurt.’…Thanks for showing up. Thanks for helping. I have a feeling they are always there.”

Head baseball coach Paul Manieri talked about his team jumping at the chance to help their state and he said it was an easy decision for them.

“Our players are wonderful young men,” Manieri said. “We don’t bring them into the program unless they come in with those values of being givers, not takers. When I sent out the call for help, it was immediate response, virtually the whole team.”

It has been a rough couple of weeks for the state of Louisiana, but at least they can always rely on the Tigers to come and help them.

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Caleb is a young veteran of the sports journalism world that has a passion for college football, mostly the SEC, but namely the LSU Tigers. He also has an affinity for the Georgia Southern Eagles, because who doesn't love Erk Russell and national championships, right? He has experience working in print and online media as well as broadcasting, working with his high school alma mater football team and the Savannah Bananas.
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