Schu Strings: Baseball and Boycotts

It's hard to imagine that a program with three national titles and 14 College World Series appearances can be considered Cinderella, but that is exactly the slipper Arizona will wear in its 15th trip to Omaha this week.

Have you noticed the Wildcat bandwagon of late? Kind of full. Lots of talk about UA baseball. Heck, even I've dedicated the last two columns to this amazing Arizona run, but I'm not going to pretend to be the expert when it comes to college baseball, or baseball in general. On the professional level, baseball is a sport I've pretty much boycotted. I watched five hours of baseball Sunday as Arizona outlasted Long Beach State 4-3 in 11 innings, and I realized later that I'm not sure I've watched five hours of baseball in the last five years.

Nor do I expect that Arizona's borderline unfathomable journey will change my viewing habits in the long-term, but this has certainly been fun. In a year where the Arizona football team concluded its worst season in history, where Arizona men's basketball struggled with internal strife and an early exit, and where Arizona softball got bounced in its own regional, the UA baseball team, dormant for most of the last two decades, has somehow salvaged a forgettable year.

Just good enough has been the Wildcat mantra since mid-May. That's when the UA had to find ways to take series from Pac-10 frontrunners Stanford, ASU and USC in consecutive weekends. It came out on top in two of those three weekends, and some experts believe a one-run win to close out the season at USC is the only reason Arizona was invited to postseason play in the first place. It was just good enough.

The UA was then just good enough to hold off Notre Dame in regional play. Given its limitations on the mound, some believe Arizona had to win that first game, because it would have had nothing in the tank in the deciding encounter. The UA survived a one-run outcome.

In Long Beach, Arizona really only had one great inning in the first two days, but that one inning was enough to win the initial game, against the Dirtbags' star pitcher, and from there anything was possible. Even the College World Series, which the UA sealed after a topsy-turvy nailbiter that almost slipped away.

Arizona was on the gravy train just by making it to Long Beach, and the locomotive still hasn't run out of coal. So who knows what will happen in Omaha? For the UA, perhaps it can be just good enough one more time…

…Moving on…

…On the topic of boycotts and Arizona baseball, a hardcore Wildcat fan to whom I made the mistake of giving my phone number is so terribly in love that he actually sacrificed watching one of the weekend SuperRegional games to spend a night on the town with his honey on their one-year anniversary.

OK, so I just re-read that above paragraph, and it might have set a new personal low for cheap plugs. Well, at least I hope they're happy…

…And moving on again…

…I lifted my boycott on Circle K. A couple columns back I mentioned this problem I had with Circle K, and that gas prices were consistently more expensive there than anywhere else in town. I was irked by this, and therefore, found another place that was on my way to fill up the petrol. Well, shortly after that piece ran (if I had one of those absurd media egos I'd probably take credit for the change), the Circle K prices leveled off to a comparable level. I guess that means one of two things happened. Circle K lowered its prices, or everyone else just followed their lead. Ah well, I can step foot in there again, to waste coin on lottery tickets and the two 20-ounce Pepsis for two bucks deal…


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