The Takes on Louisville Pitcher Luke Smith’s “F*** You” Video Are Wild

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.

Louisville Batter Gets Hit in Helmet and Called for a Strike Thanks to New College Baseball Rule

The NCAA really does have the best intentions when it comes to player safety, but this new rule in college baseball has a classic NCAA flaw. And just like every other new rule the NCAA implements, it completely blew up in their face.

The new rule leaves it up to the umpire to decide whether or not a player leaned into a pitch that hit them. While the rule is meant to discourage players from “taking on for the team”, the critical flaw is that players who are hit in the helmet can still be called for a strike. That is exactly what happens to this Louisville batter. The ball hits his head then hit his bat resulting in a foul tip strike.

I don’t care if you lean into the pitch, if you are willing to take a 90 MPH fastball to the head just to get on base, you should be allowed to take whatever base you want. Risking a concussion or a Giancarlo Stanton style injury deserves at least a runner on first. Putting it all on the line for your team is an understatement at that point.

I understand that players should not be rewarded for leaning into pitches, so if the rule is going to stay, players should not be able to strike out by getting hit in the helmet. If the catcher had caught the ball after the foul tip on two strikes, he would have been out on the at bat instead of on first base like every other league.

Just another case of the NCAA passing the buck and making bad calls anyone else’s fault but their’s.