I thought I’d share an interesting (IMO) story about my co-ed softball game from last night.
I’ll start off by saying I live in Ohio so I take a lot of shit from OSU fans (some more obnoxious than others). Also, as usual, I’m the only person wearing Michigan garb at the game.
It’s fairly early in the game and we’re up by a few runs. One of the guys on the other team takes his second walk in a row. I’ve noticed that this guy has just stood at the plate with the bat on his shoulder. NOTE: I’m not a fan of guys “trying” to take walks in co-ed softball.
So this guy is now standing on 2nd base (guys go to 2nd on walks in our league). I’m playing shortstop and tell our pitcher that he needs to start grooving some pitches to this guy next time because he hasn’t even attempted to swing at a pitch. The guy hears me and starts spouting off obscenities toward me (I won’t get into details but think genitalia) and trashing UM.
If there was a picture to represent what a redneck looks like, it would be of this guy. I respond by saying that I’d be willing to bet he got the shit kicked out of him quite often growing up (and beyond). This just encouraged him to become more belligerent (naturally).
At this point he’s pretty much pissed off my entire team (many are OSU fans). This is where it gets good. In my next at bat I hit a home run. I start into my home run trot. When I get around 3rd base, one of my teammates (an OSU fan) starts loudly humming Hail to the Victors! It was great (and very unexpected).
We then start kicking their ass (in the softball game) and build a double digit lead. In the top of the last inning (we were visitors) - the 1 pitch rule has gone into effect due to time constraints. There are two outs. The pitcher throws back to back unhittable pitches which loads the bases (guys not only get 2nd base but the girl behind them gets 1st base when there are 2 outs).
Now for the best part. I come up to bat and hit a grand slam. The redneck OSU fan is playing first base right in front of our dugout. I start in with Hail to the Victors right as I approach 1st base. Then pretty much my whole team joins in for the remainder of the home run trot… It was truly one of those “priceless” moments.
Needless to say we thoroughly enjoyed the victory over some cold beers afterward… Unfortunately, several of my teammates informed me that that was the first and last time I can expect them to participate in Hail to the Victors. Personally, I think a few of them are closet UM fans.