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Just like the article says:
"No other institution can match LSU's combination of success on the field and fanatical community engagement."
So within a genre of sports that is considered benign on the excitement scale by many college sports fans, why is LSU Baseball so friggin special? Well, to start, since LSU won its third national title in 1996, Alex Box Stadium has led the country in attendance for 21 consecutive season. Also, LSU is the only college baseball program to bring in over 400,000 spectators in a single season. That's something, once you put all of that info together. But we're just getting started.
Get this. Not only is the program considered to be part of one of NCAA's "power conferences,"a total of 72 former Tigers have made it to the major leagues, ranking the program 3rd, with 9 active players (with Arizona State, and Long Beach State only beating it by one player) on the current MLB's opening-day rosters. It goes without saying that LSU's baseball program is a pro ballplayer factory. I'd say, that is a lot to brag about.
A quote from outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, Jacoby Jones:
"ME, MIKIE MAHTOOK, D.J. LEMAHIEU — WE ALL GO TRAIN WITH THE [LSU] TEAM. THEY’RE BUILDING A CLUBHOUSE JUST FOR THE PRO GUYS."
Let's tally this up then. Tons of dedicated fans + a reputation in a "power conference" + many consecutive conference championships under their belt + a bevy of alum pro ballplayers = a pretty wicked cool baseball program.