Last night, I had the rare opportunity to watch the Southern Miss baseball team in action. Because the game was held at Trustmark Park in Pearl (home of the Mississippi Braves), I was able to make the game. Lucky enough, they were playing Ole Miss, and it turned out to be a great game.
Over the 2008 legislative session, I have become conditioned to go to sleep by 9 p.m. So you can imagine, after the game started at 7 p.m., around the 5th inning I started getting restless and ready to drive back to Jackson. However, my freshman counterpart from Pascagoula and fellow Southern Miss enthusiast, Brandon Jones, beckoned me to stay until the end of the game, promising me Southern Miss would come back and win.
At the end of the 8th inning, after Southern Miss left the bases loaded, Ole Miss led 2-0. It was getting close to 10 p.m., and I wanted to beat the traffic out of the park, so I took off, despite the heckling from Jones and other legislators.
I arrived home and checked hattiesburgamerican.com before I went to bed. There, at the top of the page, it was reported that Southern Miss junior Corey Stevens hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to win the game for Southern Miss 3-2.
As I knew I would be ragged unmercifully the next morning by Brandon for giving up and going home prior to the comeback, I went ahead and humbly texted Brandon, recognizing my fairweather attitude towards my alma mater. His response: "I can't believe we left."