Don’t Be This Guy!

It’s always great attending a University of Miami baseball game at The Light, but when we arrived at the game on Friday afternoon I was more than a little disappointed to see the location of our seats. Sitting in Section D was not the problem since these are chair back seats directly behind home plate, however, upon seeing who was sitting in front of us I knew it would be a long game listening to his constant complaints about the team we’d be cheering.

While we’re only able to go to Miami a couple of times a year, it doesn’t seem likely that we’d end up in the seats behind “This Guy” on more than one occasion, but that’s exactly what happened.

photo 1Of course we recognized him immediately as the guy, the Hurricane “fan”, who grumbles throughout the game criticizing the coach, the game plan, the pitchers, the batters, the umpire, everything about the game. His sarcastic comments can be heard after every play, and nearly after every pitch. It’s hard to believe this season ticket holder finds any pleasure in cheering (if that’s what you call it) for the home team.

It’s true the game started with a 1st inning mental mistake, but not an error, by the third baseman, one that resulted in a run later in the inning, but calling the third baseman names wasn’t necessary.

Shortly after taking our seats it began. Here’s a FEW of the comments made by “this guy” during the course of the game:

  • “What are you doing out there? or Throw strikes. or Come on, (followed by the pitcher’s name)” after every pitch out of the strike zone
  • “How stupid!” when a batter squares around to bunt
  • “Wow” was heard every time a player hit a ball resulting in an out.
  • “Have these people never seen a baseball game before? It’s a simple fly ball.” when fans would begin cheering when a ball sailed into the outfield, only to be caught by a fielder
  • “Oh my God!” when the catcher lost a ball under his feet
  • “The wheels sure fell off fast.” when the team was down by one run
  • “He was safe!” Not in response to a call made by the umpire when a UM batter was called out at first, but when the Cane’s defense made a close play and the opposing team’s player was called out!?!
  • “Great idea, Jim! Why would you do that?” when a runner was thrown out attempting to steal second base
  • “He’s stupid – that’s his style of baseball.” another comment made about Coach Morris
  • “Thanks a lot blue. Get your fat leg out of the way!” as runner advanced to 3rd on a dropped ball by the catcher
  • “We’ve got a .148 hitter up in a game we need to win. I don’t know why Jim leaves him in.”
  • “Coach gets dumber all the time – he won’t allow them to announce the score.” this after Wake Forest defeated Virginia in the 7th inning of the UM game
  • “Hang in there blue – stink to the very end!”
  • “Pick up your sombrero on the way out! Wow!” this after one of the Cuban players on the team struck out
  • “We found a dumber team than we are.” when a UNC runner got caught stealing in the 9th inning

He was even irritated when the Maniac, the University of Miami mascot sat in the seat next to him, asking the Maniac to give him some space. The Maniac obliged and left to visit with fans who appreciated his attention.

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Now this game was not a blow out! Miami went down 3-0 in the first, but tied the game in the second. The team went down again in the 4th, but again came back and tied the game in the 8th inning. All tied up, the game went into extra innings – 7 extra innings of sarcastic comments – and finally in the 16th inning the Canes won the game. At which point, he turned around and gave John a high five in celebration of the win. Go figure, after 5 hours of sarcasm and grumbling, “this guy” celebrated the win with all those seated around him.

It’s only natural to get aggravated with your team when they make mistakes or lose games, but if they’re your team, either cheer them on or grumble at home. The other fans don’t want to hear your non-stop negative comments.

Please, don’t be “this guy”!

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Here are some fans you may want to emulate regardless if you cheer for the Hurricanes, the Knights, or the ‘Noles!

 

 

 

 

Play Ball!

February 14th, the day we’ve been waiting for since June. Sure Valentine’s Day, but more importantly, Opening Day of the college baseball season. This year we traveled to Miami for the big day to watch the Canes take on the University of Maine Black Bears.

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Game one saw the Hurricanes take advantage of Maine’s opening night jitters, walks, and errors. Game two, Bryan Radziewski struck out seven of the first ten batters and a total of ten batters in five innings…not bad for the first start of the season. Then Sunday’s starter Andrew Suarez fanned another ten and finally the Canes bats warmed up with a dozen hits, half of them for extra bases for an 11-2 victory.

Of course, UM won all three games. That was inevitable since UM was playing UM in this series. Unfortunately for the University of Miami’s UM fans, the winning UM on Saturday was the team from the Pine Tree State, not the one from the Sunshine State.

We’re planning a future trip to Miami to watch the Canes this season and the calendar’s marked for trips to Stetson and UCF for games in March and April. We’ll be checking the TV listings for televised games and WVUM will be playing in the background most weekends throughout the spring. After all, it’s college baseball season!

Boys of Summer? Freezing our Tails Off

UM hatTwo weeks ago when we ordered tickets for this weekend’s University of Miami v University of Florida baseball games, we were sitting on the porch enjoying the day’s 80° temperature. Now as we prepare to drive to Gainesville for the game, we’re dressed in jeans and sweatshirts. Hats, gloves, scarves, and blankets cover the backseat of the car. The predicted game time temperature – 50°. Wind speed – 12mph. Low temperature – 37°. Of course, it doesn’t help that the game time changed from 1:00 to 7:30 to accommodate the broadcast schedule of Sun Sports.

What is it about games played by “the boys of summer” in March that brings out the coldest temperatures of the year in the Sunshine State? We should have known that despite the warm, summer-like weather on a February afternoon when we purchased tickets to the annual Canes series with the Gators that we’d dress more like we were heading to the slopes than a baseball stadium. Sweatshirts, blankets, hats and gloves are the required apparel for these early season games. We’ve even resorted to blankets during this series when the games were played in Miami so we should know what to expect…but baseball…sunshine…summer…the images just don’t match reality.

Typical March game day apparel when watching the boys of summer.
Typical March game day apparel when watching the boys of summer.

We survived last night’s opening game of the series and enjoyed cheering on the Canes as they snapped an eleven game losing streak against the Gators so I know we’ll survive tonight’s game as well, but how I would love to bake in the Florida sun during the game. Guess that’s too much to hope for! Go Canes!

 

 

 

Gators and Canes enjoying the game together.
Gators and Canes enjoying the game together.