In the final game of the Houston Regional last night, Baylor held a three run lead heading into the bottom of the 9th inning.
Baylor found ways to lose in ways that only Baylor can.
Ultimately, Cal Sophomore Devon Rodriguez delivered a two-run single to right on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth to cap the rally by the Golden Bears, who trailed 7-1 after 5 1/2 innings.
The full meltdown is best enjoyed at Baylorfans.com, starting on page 24 as the formerly puritan Baptists steadily devolve into slandering and salacious malcontents, demanding coaches be fired, the program be shut down entirely, and that deceitful unnamed !!HEADS MUST ROLL!!
This is all a familiar roller coaster ride for Baylor Fan, who occasionally approaches the gates of sporting heaven only to plunge headlong into the fiery depths of hell. Except it's in slow motion -- pitch by pitch, error by error. They know it's coming, and there's nothing they can do about it.
Tell me about it.
If you don't have time to wade through all 36 pages of that glorious thread, here's a quick State of the Union:
I wish I was a Golden Bear right now instead of just a bear. Then we'd be playing Dallas Baptist, our brethrens in Christ.
Baylor's coach, Steve Smith, is now the most wanted man in Waco since
Ramonce Taylor David Koresh. From reading through the live game thread, apparently Smith instructed his players to do this before -- Bucknering routine double play balls, hitting batters, failing to execute basic rundowns by leaving home plate wide the fuck open...It's a conspiracy! To lose! In new, exciting ways!
Coaches always say Act like you've been there. Baylor did exactly that. Now back to the loss column you go!
Despite how clutch Baylor was in delivering this loss, some credit has to go to Cal. They're acting typically existential about the triumph. The bigger concern is where to play the Super Regional. Cal's stadium doesn't have lights and Dallas Baptist's Stadium seats about 50 people.
I think Baylor should have to host it. 2012 can't come soon enough...