In honor of the person who inspired this post's title, here's something else silly and infuriating: the UConn baseball team's season has come to an end this afternoon. The Huskies fell to Oregon for the second time in three days, losing Sunday afternoon 4-3.
It was kind of a heartbreaker. With the Ducks ahead 4-2 in the eighth, Oregon reliever Scott McGough struck out three straight hitters with runners on first and third and no out.
Then, in the ninth, Billy Ferriter led off with a single before the WRATH OF ZEUS interrupted proceedings with a 58-minute lightning delay. After an infield single/throwing error combo put the tying run in scoring position with nobody out, Pierre LePage launched an improbable fly ball to deep left. But, in the tradition of UConn sports teams over the last five years (non-women's basketball division), this was just a tease. LePage's hit was caught at the wall, bringing home Ferriter on a sac fly to make it 4-3. Nick Ahmed flied out to left for the second out, and superstar George Springer struck out to end the season.
So ends the run of probably the best baseball team in UConn history. The Huskies finished 48-16; Mike Olt (homers) and Mike Nemeth (hits and doubles) set all-time school records, and judging by the 10,000 or so who showed at Dodd Stadium for the Huskies' three games, people will find a way to care if the team's good.
Also notable: this game was also the last UConn sporting event of the 2009-10 season, so we now enter the dry season. (Just 90 days until UConn-Michigan!)