THE LONGEST GAME- COLLEGE STYLE
PawSox owner Ben Mondor had to smile when he heard about the longest baseball game in college history. It took place Saturday and featured the Boston College Eagles and Texas Longhorns. The Eagles fell in 25 innings, 3-2, as Travis Tucker singled in the winning run. Ben wasn’t smiling because B.C. lost, but because it probably brought to mind the game that put Pawtucket R.I. on the map in 1981. The PawSox topped Rochester 3-2 in an unbelievable, 33 inning marathon. The I.L. game started in April and finished in June as Dave Koza singled home Marty Barrett in the bottom of the thirty third. B.C. and Texas eclipsed the mark of 23 innings, which had stood since 1971. The regional matchup lasted 7 hours and 3 minutes. Texas head coach, Augie Garrido, the winningest coach in NCAA history was amazed, especially at reliever Austin Wood who tossed 13 innings, including 12 and a third innings of no-hit ball. “In my 41 years of coaching, the effort of Austin Wood was the best pitching performance I have ever seen.”. High praise from a man who once coached Roger Clemens in Austin. B.C. reliever Mike Belfiore also turned in an iron man effort, giving up 3 hits with 11 strikeouts in 9 and 2 thirds innings. Fortunately for the Eagles, they live to see another day. The boys from Chestnut Hill are scheduled to play an elimination game against Army on Sunday. Loser goes home and the winner faces Texas.
Lefty Kris Johnson (2-6, 7.41) heading into Sunday’s start at Indianapolis, had extra motivation sitting in the stands at Victory Field for the 2:00 game. The southpaw’s mother and father, brother Kevin and best friend C.K. made the trip from Missouri to watch the game. C.K. was excited before the game- “I’ve been best friends with Kris since we were 12 years old. I’ve never seen him pitch in a pro game and only a few times when he was at Wichita State. Younger brother Kevin, a successful collegiate swimmer, just graduated from Truman State in Missouri with a degree in chemistry and is headed to the University of Missouri on a full scholarship to earn a PhD.
I have been accused of being a simpleton at times, but that’s ok with me. One thing that always makes me laugh at the ballpark is the “KissCam”. They show shots of couples in the stands and they are encouraged to kiss on camera. The good sports always play along. Every once in a while they’ll show a couple of opposing players and the fans hoot and holler for a kiss. Usually, the guys will mug for the camera or fake an embrace. It ALWAYS makes me laugh. I will draw the line, however, if they ever show Dan and me on the video board. I like him, but not that way.