OXFORD, Miss. – Don’t get me wrong: Tim Elko loves the Ole Miss Rebels.
The Lutz, Fla. first baseman became a folk hero at Oxford last season after tearing his ACL in a midweek game against North Alabama before returning to a designated hitter role before the end of the season. Now, after a year of the Rebels sitting 7-14 in SEC play and riding a miraculous run to a national championship, Elko’s time at Ole Miss is complete with a storybook ending.
The rebel captain tweeted a landmark video on Saturday which covers his time at Oxford, starting with a young Elko describing why he chose to come to Ole Miss and ending with the 2022 National Championship.
Elko was part of a celebration in Oxford after the team’s national championship, and he compared the ups and downs of the season to the same personal adversities he faced during his college career.
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“My whole career here has been a crazy journey,” Elko said. “It’s only fitting that Ole Miss baseball’s first national championship is also a crazy trip.”
During his Ole Miss career, Elko hit .294 and smashed 46 home runs, including setting the school’s single-season record with 24 in that category in the 2022 title chase.
The national championship was the first in Ole Miss baseball history and the fifth claimed by the school through athletics.
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