I’m so glad I waited to post until after the infamous doubleheader, because the two games last night were the craziest ones I’ve witnessed in my short term as an intern. Heck, I think they were the craziest baseball games I’ve witnessed period!
The week leading up to the doubleheader was typical. I took numerous pictures and videos as per usual at the home games, and was able to make two [x] [x] posts on Instagram that ended up gaining some attention! I’m particularly proud of the sunset shot, I must say. The limbo contest was also super fun to document because it was incredibly improvised; it was simply a way to keep the crowd and players entertained during an hour long rain delay. I can safely say it did its intended purpose!
While those games were fun however, they were nowhere near as entertaining as the dreaded doubleheader. This game had to have been cursed, I swear. There was just some kind of weird energy surrounding it. This is the game I mentioned in my previous blog posts that got cancelled twice, before being pushed back to the 25th of June (yesterday).
I could already tell things were going to be rocky as I walked through the stadium’s gates; it started to rain yet again, just enough to make the field a giant sauna. The first game was muggy and hot, but went just fine, with our home team winning. The second game however…I guess the heat got to both the umpires and players.
I watched as the umpires made a few sketchy calls, only to have one of our home team’s coaches get right up in his face to argue with him. Those particular calls helped the rival team score 4 points, so our nearly undefeated home team was not happy. Tensions continued to rise throughout the innings, and the crowd joined in with the heckling, the whole stadium turning into a medley of expletives and shouts towards the two umpires.
But things got particularly ridiculous when the umpires made a sketchy call in our favor. A rival player got so mad, that he rushed one of our players in what looked like was going to be a fist fight. And in a matter of seconds, all players from both teams rushed to the scene to either hold each other back or yell at the opposing side. It was wild. Definitely wish I could have documented it properly, but something tells me it would have gone against professional etiquette…
On top of that, it started to pour during the last inning, and the rival team scored four more points from what I still think was a foul ball instead of a home run. Crazy crazy game for sure, let me tell you. But hopefully now the weird doubleheader cursed has finally been lifted!