I am pretty sure you’ve heard or read by now, hopefully you saw it happen, that the Hogs had one pinkie holding on to the cliff edge of elimination from the College World Series when they managed to climb themselves back into the game and go on to win it in dramatic fashion in the 12th, 4-3 over Virginia.
Moral Orel Hershisher and Mike Patrick had already declared the player of the game to be from Virginia. They were at the point of saying how the Hogs should still be proud of their season and what an amazing thing it was that they had made it to this point, yadda yaddda yadda, when Brett Eibner knocked one out of the park with a man on first, and suddenly it was a new game.
I admit that I haven’t paid baseball all that much attention in years, being more of a football and basketball fan, but I have suddenly gained back my old respect for it with this run the Hogs have made this season.
I also realize just what a sadistic game it can be as I think about Virginia packing up for home. They were just one out away. They had opportunity after opportunity and couldn’t get any of those many base runners home.
As the Hogs kept getting themselves in tight situations in the 10th, 11th, and 12th, but kept coming back, I thought I might see Matt Jones and Houston Nutt suddenly appear in the dug out, for it reminded me of the seven overtime games that they played against Ole Miss and Kentucky.
Different sport, but the same display of not losing your cool and coming through in clutch moments. And both give action to the words that appropriately end our fight song, “Fight, Fight, Fight.”
Now it is on to another fight with LSU on Friday where I hope we do have more fight in us than the last 9-1 performance. I think we will, for as someone once said, "Tomorrow is another day," and the Hogs have shown that they don’t want to go easily with the wind from Omaha.
But whatever comes of it, Dave Van Horn and company know that we here at Razorback Expats, soon-to-be Arkansas Expats, are proud of the way you’ve represented us this season. Thanks for giving us so much to cheer for and about. Go Hogs!