Column: Blue Sox may be ‘fired up’

Published 8:01 pm Monday, August 4, 2008

Prepare for the worst fans, the Blue Sox may be angry.

After Faribault forfeited a first round Section 2B amateur baseball game to Rochester on Sunday, the Lakers have apparantley now turned around and decided to play the Austin Blue Sox in an elimination game Wednesday at Marcusen Park at 7:30 p.m.

So after giving the Royals a free pass in the first round and saving their ace, the Lakers will have their best pitcher against the Blue Sox.

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Blue Sox manager Josh Kunze wasn’t happy with the Lakers forfeit against Rochester on Sunday and now he’s probably downright disgruntled about having to play the Lakers with his team’s season on the line.

While some of the Lakers hearts are probably in the right place, I don’t think a team should get a second chance after not showing up in a first round playoff game.

Their absence gave the Royals extra time to rest up for the Greyhounds and they also have their own team fresh against the Blue Sox.

I’m sure not every player on the Lakers’ roster wanted to the skip game, but the old saying goes ‘a team is only as strong as its weakest link.’ And if some weak links wanted to bail out against the Royals and now want to play against Austin, that’s just not right.

It’s never good to see a forfeit in any tournament, and there is no justice in letting a team get away with one forfeit and letting it play three days later. What if the Blue Sox are ready to play Wednesday and Faribault doesn’t show up.

I wouldn’t blame Austin for being upset with the Lakers, but I hope they can focus on the task at hand. Baseball is as much mental as it is physical and if the Sox minds aren’t in the right place they may find themselves finished for the summer.

Then again, what better way to let a team know how you feel, than to beat them in every aspect of the contest?

I know I’m looking forward to seeing what happens and I’m hoping for a good, clean game with Austin moving on.