"How about them Gamecocks?" Smoak said. "I've watched a little bit. I looked up and saw it was 10-0 [against Arizona State]. That's all I saw."
Smoak, Carolina's all-time leader in home runs, RBIs, walks and total bases, still makes sure he talks to some of his old teammates.
"I talk to [pitcher] Jay Brown a lot," Smoak said. "He came in as a junior-college guy my sophomore year. [Second baseman Scott] Wingo texted me the other day, and I've been texting him back and forth. He just said he was excited to be there and stuff like that."
Smoak has played in 56 games for the Texas Rangers this season, batting .223 with eight HR and 32 RBI.
Chris Cox, former sports editor of The Daily Gamecock, wrote the article for MLB.com.