Make Mine a Rag Arm

What good news! All of the Hurricanes’ home baseball games will be televised this season on ESPN3.

That meant we were able to watch the opening game of the season on Friday night as the Hurricanes took on Rutger’s Scarlet Knights. And in attempt to emulate the Mark Light Field experience, we made milk shakes.

Vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, milk and mix.

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A black and white for John.

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Add strawberries, and it’s a rag arm for me.

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Not quite the same as at the ballpark, but with a win and a milkshake, it’s a good way to prepare for the real thing next weekend in Miami when the Hurricanes host the Gators.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

We missed the opening weekend of the college baseball season for good reason – a wedding, so this weekend we bought tickets for the Hurricanes v Gators series in Gainesville, but this series always seems to take place on the coldest weekend of the year and Friday night’s game was no exception.
With the game tied 3-3 and the temperature at 38° at 9:47, the primary concern…no extra innings! And as much as we were cheering for the ‘Canes and wanted a win, I can’t say we were too upset when the Gators won on a walk off hit in the bottom of the ninth. I’m not sure how much longer the long underwear, hats, gloves, and blankets could have protected us from the cold and wind.
Take me out to the ball game
Take me out to the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack
I don’t care if I never get back
Let me root, root, root for the Hurricanes
If they don’t win it’s a shame
For it’s one, two, three strikes
You’re out at the old ballgame
~Jack Norworth, 1908
Yay! It’s baseball season, and next year this game will be in Miami. I bet the temperature will be at least 20º warmer so we won’t need to bundle up…and extra innings won’t be a problem!
Can you believe this pile of clothes and blankets I used at the game on Friday?

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!

 

 

 

 

The Gang’s All Here: Mid-week Family Reunion

It’s not often that you experience a family reunion on a Wednesday night, but that’s what happened last night when the University of Miami baseball team traveled to DeLand to meet Stetson for a mid-week game. Family drove from Ocala, Dunellon, Jacksonville, New Smyrna Beach, Orlando, and Oviedo for the game and to celebrate John’s birthday.

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Even though, the family knew John would be cheering for the Hurricanes, only a handful of those in attendance joined him rooting for the Canes. That’s because Danny, our nephew, wears the uniform of the opposing Hatter’s.

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Fortunately, things didn’t get nasty. As a pitcher, and one who’s only recently been released after surgery to his pitching arm, Danny did not see action in last night’s contest so even those cheering for the Canes didn’t have to choose between family and tradition.

My deal with Danny: I ALWAYS cheer for him over any opponent. If he’s pitching, I’m a Hatter. If he pitched and could earn the win after leaving the game, I’m a Hatter. However, it’s all about Danny. If he’s not in the game or if his stats won’t be affected by the outcome, I’ll be cheering for the Canes.

The Canes didn’t come through and provide John with the outcome he’d been hoping for as a birthday gift, but the smile on Danny’s face after the Hatter’s win was a pretty nice consolation prize.

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My advice to Stetson, get Danny on the mound. Did you see and hear the crowd cheering at last night’s game? We’ll return and cheer for the Hatters…but it’s all about Danny!

We’re looking forward to more DeLand family reunions.
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