Does anyone remember that incident with the Wichita State pu*sy of a pitcher who hit the guy in the on-deck circle? I could've sworn he did some damage.
Found it. Read the appalling quote by the as_hole Wichita State manager. Does that guy still have a job? Wait, he's probably a "legend" in middle-of-nowhere Kansas:
Blind ambition - baseball player hit in face with a pitch - Brief Article
Sporting News, The, July 5, 1999 by Dave Kindred
Even the major league prospect who threw the ball, Ben Christensen of Wichita State, realized the horrible thing he'd done--after he did it. "I didn't mean to hit him," Christensen told a Wichita Eagle reporter that day. "It's not like he saw it coming. All I could think about was if that ball would have been a little bit to the left, or a little bit to the right, I could have killed him."
Molina is a lefthanded-hitting third baseman who was the University of Evansville's Molina is a lefthanded-hitting third baseman who was the University of Evansville's leadoff man at Wichita leadoff man at Wichita on April 23. Walking from the third base dugout around the catcher warming up Christensen, he waited on the first base side of home plate. Blood on the field fixed his position at 24 feet from home plate.
"I put on my batting gloves, got my helmet, got my bat, took two or three swings and began to walk around the back of the catcher," says Molina, a 6-foot, 190-pound junior who hit .310 this season. "I stopped to let a pitch come in, then I went on to the other side and saw him throw two or three more." Then Molina looked away, toward first base.
At that moment, Molina's vision was 20/10. That would change in the next moment. As he turned his head toward home plate, he became the victim of a baseball terrorist's assault. His vision was next measured at 20/400, legally blind.
His coach, Jim Brownlee, watched it all. "After Christensen's fifth warmup pitch, his catcher calls for a slider, and Christensen makes a quarter-mm to his left. I'm thinking, `What's he doing?' Anthony had his head down, and I'm seeing Christensen turn toward him, and, damn, he lets it go. Then Anthony's head comes up. The ball gets him square in the face. He never saw it."
As sad, sick and contemptible as this is, it gets worse when you know Ben Christensen threw at a defenseless man because he'd been taught to do it.
No one has said Christensen meant to do such damage. But once committed to a dishonorable act, a man is liable for all consequences, even those unintended. Taught to be dishonorable, a young man bent on a dishonorable act saw that act go seriously wrong.
There will be a lawsuit. There may be an arrest In a world that makes sense, the Wichita State president would fire the baseball coaching staff en masse.
Listen to the head coach, Gene Stephenson. AS Anthony Molina lay in a hospital, maybe blinded forever, 23 stitches in his face, his left eye socket fractured--his doctor said it was as if he'd been hit by a sledgehammer--Stephenson said:
"Let me tell you something. Nobody intentionally hit someone else. Hey, we're the ones that got hurt out of the deal. No one directed him to hit anybody. Do you have any idea how stupid that would be on our part?"
No Wichita player was nearly killed that day. So when the coach says "we're the ones that got hurt," presumably he's upset about the 3-1 loss after Christensen's ejection and a mandatory four-game beanball suspension. Such idiocy is symptomatic of the defeat-is-death philosophy fashionable among cut-throat coaches. No surprise to hear it from the creator of a big-money program that is Wichita's only claim to NCAA prominence.
Stephenson also said the incident could have been avoided had Molina been asked by an umpire to back away from the plate.
Already 24 feet away, had Molina backed away much more, he'd have been in the bleachers. But even that distance wasn't enough for Ben Christensen, who must put great store in Brent Kemnitz's wisdom as the pitching coach explained it to a reporter that day:
"(If) the on-deck hitter is standing too dose to home plate, you brush him back. I teach that.... So I guess if there needs to be blame, blame me. But it was an accident. Ben Christensen is just devastated."
Let's presume Kemnitz means you brush back a hitter who's an inch from the batter's box taking swings at your warmup pitches. Well, even that is indefensible. So now comes a man with a 95 mph fastball nearly killing a hitter 24 feet out of the box and Kemnitz wants me to care that the pitcher is devastated?
The Missouri Valley Conference suspended Christensen for the season, ending a three-year college career in which he went 21-1. The Cubs later made the 6-4 righthander a first-round draft pick. Anthony Molina, after surgery, will stick around home in Moline, Ill, this summer and hope his vision improves so he can play again; his vision is now 20/80. He, too, wants to be a pro.
By the way, Molina says he had hit against Christensen before. "In four or five at-bats, I had two home runs."
One wonders if Ben Christensen, warming up April 23, remembered that.
Doesn't mean he's not a total prick. Did you read the article?! It's such typical "there's nothing else here so we worship the guy that'll do and condone anything to win" mentatlity that people should be afraid of, like Bobby Knight in Indiana, or Adolf Rupp in Kentucky. People are so proud that something actually exciting and successful is happening in their little world, that they forget about qualities like sportsmanship and fair play.
Luckily Witchita State will not be playing any longer, on account of the Seminoles disposing of them in 3 games. UNC is also through to the CWS. The ACC is having quite the year.
3rd year in a row for Carolina making it to Omaha. It was unbelievably hot for those two games here this weekend though. Over 120 degrees in the dugout. Ambulances were carting spectators out left and right.
Super 32 Challenge - October 26-27, 2013
"Good things happen when you wrestle for a full seven minutes." -- Jayson Ness, post-finals press conference
Well there's at least one season for UNC to cheer about