Yesterday, some friends asked if I wanted to go to the UH-USC baseball game. Tickets were only like 5-7 bucks a person, and watching a baseball game can relieve the stress in my life. I said sure. About 5 hours later, we met in the parking garage. Looking among the baseball stadium the softball stadium, the University of Hawaii football practice field and the tennis courts, I immediately turned to one of my friends saying, "man if they played football they way they keep that practice field in shape, they would have won the Rose Bowl last year. My friend nodded, and after getting some fried chicken, we headed down to the ball field.
Much to our dismay, the game was sold out! Just as we got to the fields. Now you may be thinking, didn't we buy the tickets before? UH games are hardly ever sold out, and even when they are, you can usually find a couple seats. But being in a 15-person group, that would have been kind of hard. So, we jumped in our cars and headed over to a friends house.
We all agreed that watching baseball on a high definition TV, and getting drunk while doing it (I got soda drunk, I don't drink beer) was just as good if not better than going to the actual game. When the TV was turned on, it was the middle of the fourth. It had been a pitchers duel so far, with Hawaii's Sterling striking out 8, and the USC pitcher striking out 5. Then in the fifth inning on, the action started coming.
It started when Kolton Wong, the second baseman, bobbled a slow chopper, that he had to run really far up on. Me, and I am sure a couple other of my friends were thinking, why didn't the pitcher at least try for that? Luckily, Hawaii went unscathed and the game went into the bottom of the fifth. When Hawaii got two base hits in a row, we started cheering like there was no tomorrow. After all, there had only been 6 base hits in the entire game, just 2 by Hawaii, before that outburst. This is when some controversy came. The next batter, looked at 2 strikes, one right down alley way! In little league the coaches harp on you if you do that, but when they showed the camera on the dugout, the coach looked like he could take a nap. Since when did coaches in Hawaii not care about playing good baseball. The batter eventually grounded into a run scoring double play. After the fifth inning, the score was tied at 1-1. The sixth inning it stayed that way. Then came the seventh inning.
With USC batting, their first batter hit a long line drive to right field. We will never know for sure what happened, but the right fielder seemed to have slipped right as he put his glove up, causing him to dive headfirst at the wall. Luckily, he recovered and got the ball which had bounced off the wall to. But when picking the ball up, he bobbled it once, then slipped again. He quickly got the ball in to the second baseman realizing the batter was going for a inside the park home run. The ball got to the plate before the runner, but another mental error happened as the catcher put down the tag about as slow as a disabled slug. All in all, on that play, there was only one physical error, but there were 3 mental errors. It is just sad. What would you know that the very next batter hit a foul pop up, towards the right field line. It should have been easily caught (it was a good 5 feet away from the wall) but the ball bounced harmlessly to the ground about 2 feet from the right fielder. In that inning (in my opinion), 4 mental errors, and 1 physical error. THe mental error count and UH has to realize that. Two runs were given up that inning, which lead to USC winning, 3-1.
After the game, I couldn't believe it. Is this really how college baseball is played. Where you can take strikes, and jog to first and the coach doesn't get on your case? Where there are too many mental errors to count? UH has some serious problems they have to fix if they want to even get a decent seed in the WAC tournement. Come on guys!