Cook: The Team of the Year lost, but still won

Sure, they lost.

Every regular season game.

By a little.

And by a lot.

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You blame them? This spring, when the newly resurrected Howard School baseball team began its 2017 season, some guys had never played before. Coach told one guy to grab a bat, and he looked up.

"I thought he was talking about an animal," laughed sophomore Terrance Beamon.

Plus, Howard's team had been dormant for years.

So sure. They lost.

But don't you see?

Howard didn't lose.

"We won," said third baseman Torry McComb.

Beyond the scoreboard, there was another game being played. Transformation was battling stagnation. Hope versus despair. A Big Something against a Lot of Nothing.