Mississippi State baseball

Mississippi State's Cole Gordon pitches in the ninth inning against Stanford.

Inside some office somewhere in this country, there’s a cubicle with a computer.

It likely has a coffee cup filled with pens and pencils. A phone and a sticky pad are likely nearby.

Sitting behind the desk is a man wearing a suit and tie. He’s making a living and doing the best he can. That man, right here and right now, could’ve been Mississippi State pitcher Cole Gordon. In fact, last June following MSU’s run to the College World Series, it was going to be Cole Gordon. Gordon was done with baseball. He had finished his bachelor’s degree in business administration. Yes, he had a year of eligibility left to play baseball since he redshirted as a true freshman, but Gordon was set to move on with his life.

“I was going to get a job,” Gordon said. “I started to line up some interviews.”

Life had other plans.

Mississippi State hired Chris Lemonis to be its new head baseball coach after last season’s trip to Omaha. One of the top things on Lemonis’ agenda when he got to campus? Get Cole Gordon’s big right arm back in the Bulldog bullpen.

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