Bo Pelini calls into Nebraska baseball show to ask about Cleveland Indians' World Series chances

Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini smiles on the first day of spring NCAA college football practice in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini smiles on the first day of spring NCAA college football practice in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, March 8, 2014

Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini smiles on the first day of spring NCAA college football practice in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Did you know that Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is a Cleveland Indians fan?

Pelini called in to Nebraska coach Darin Erstad's show Tuesday night to ask about the Indians prospects at a World Series. After realizing who "Bo in Lincoln" was, Erstad had to stop laughing to compose himself for a legitimate answer about the Tribe.

Pelini is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and is riding a wave of Cleveland optimism after the team went 92-70 and finished second in the AL Central in 2013. The Indians lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card playoff game 1-0.

But we'll quibble with Erstad's claim that Indians fans are the most loyal. A certain Royal team in Cleveland's division had only its second winning season since 1994 last year. Last season was Cleveland's 10th in the same timeframe.

2014 is Erstad's third season as Nebraska's head baseball coach. A two-time All-Star and a World Series winner with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Erstad played baseball and football at Nebraska before the Angels drafted him with the first pick in the 1995 draft.

This call is just a continuation of a new public Pelini since a tumultuous 2013 season that saw the release of a taped rant against Nebraska fans and a sideline explosion where he almost hit an official in the face with his hat against Iowa. Following the loss to the Hawkeyes, Pelini said "If they want to fire me, go ahead."

Instead, Pelini has received a contract extension, posed with selfies with a fan, started interacting with Faux Pelini on Twitter and has generally had more fun. If it keeps up and Nebraska wins in 2014, 2013 will be forgotten quickly.

 

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Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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