While the University baseball team, which plays its first home game today, shows every promise of becoming a successful nine, it is still in the formative period and sensitive to every passing influence. Only four of those in the lineup today played on the nine last year, and of these only three are playing in their old positions.

For this reason, it behooves the undergraduates to do all in their power to bring out the best that is in the team by inspiring the players. Non-contestants can demonstrate their enthusiasm by filling the stands at the games, and should refrain from too free criticism. The season has just begun and the new men cannot be expected to play like veterans. We mention this obvious fact, because many seem to forget that careless criticism reaches and discourages those towards whom it is directed, however unadvisedly.