JUPITER, Fla. -- College basketball fans across the country have been glued to their televisions lately watching teams compete in conference tournaments for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond knows exactly what he will do once the Marlins finish their Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. The 41-year-old will be watching to see where his alma mater, Gonzaga, will play in this year's NCAA tournament.
"I'm anxiously awaiting to see where it all shakes out," Redmond said. "For them to even be considered for a No. 1 seed, that's pretty cool for a small school with about 6,000 or 7,000 students."
Redmond, who played baseball at Gonzaga from 1990-93, is happy to see how far the basketball program has come since he was a student.
"When I was a there, you just walked into the gym and sat right down in the front row," Redmond said. "You got to see Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble and Gary Payton. We used to go see guys on the other team more than Gonzaga guys. Now they have a new arena and so much excitement. It's really been fun for Spokane and for all of us that grew up there, because it's such a big deal at such a small school."
The Marlins manager plans to show support for Gonzaga during the NCAA tournament by wearing his school colors around the clubhouse. He also plans to watch the Bulldogs play, no matter when their games tip off.
"We have a lot of pride," Redmond said. "A lot of my buddies get together to watch the games. It's been hard down here because I'm usually in bed. When these games start during the tournament, I'm going to be tired. I'm going to have to suck it up and find a place to watch these games."
David Villavicencio is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.