The nickname is a playful jab, and a badge of honor when Cal State Fullerton baseball coach Rick Vanderhook bestows it.
Vanderhook will sometimes refer to a Titans veteran as “the old man,” in recognition of the service that player has put into the storied program. Timmy Richards, Fullerton’s senior shortstop, has heard it quite a bit lately.
“It always cracks me up when he calls me the old man,” Richards said. “Usually it comes with experience. It comes with an expectation that he puts on you to be a leader, and it is something that I do try and embrace.”
Richards embodies the moniker. One of only three seniors on the Titans, he’s a heart-and-soul player whose...