Last night in the College World Series, Louisville took on Vanderbilt for the second time in Omaha. After losing the first matchup, the Cardinals were poised to force an elimination game with the #2 overall seed. They even took a 2-1 lead into the ninth inning.
But for that to happen, Louisville ace Luke Smith needed to get out Vanderbilt’s Infante to end the top of the eighth inning. And he did just that with a nasty curveball. What happened next will go down in CWS history forever. Watch:
Not going to lie, that was awesome. But that’s just what I think. Let’s see what Twitter had to say about it. At least one person agrees with me.
Baseball purism is the worst thing in sports. I’m all for hating Louisville, but at least hate them for a good reason and not just because of one kid. And how in the world can you hate Luke Smith in particular for talking trash when almost every other athlete to ever play a sport has done it too? Don’t think for a second that Vandy didn’t have anything to say before or after.
Sure, it was a bad look being caught on ESPN saying “F*** you” to a player you just struck out. But very few people, especially the ones with negative opinions about this, have played in a game with this kind of intensity. This includes the “stay classy” crowd first and foremost. Smith’s emotions just got the best of him in a very emotional game. Bottom line is if you hate every athlete that talks trash, then it’s going to be very hard to enjoy sports with a hate list that long.
I sort of wish Louisville would have won this game so that the “stay classy” wouldn’t have gotten any vindication.