It's been an unbelievable last 10 months for the Cal Golden Bears' baseball program. In September, the university announced that they were getting rid of the program in a cost-cutting move. Obviously, that infuriated everybody involved with the program. Heck, the players even made a rap video begging for the team's reinstatement.
Well, in April, the university announced that the baseball program had indeed been reinstated, after donors provided the $10 million that the university needed to do so. And in the 2011 baseball season, the Cal baseball team is rewarding those that donated money to keep the program going.
On Saturday, the Golden Bears host the Dallas Baptist Patriots in the Super Regionals, with the winner of the best-of-three series headed to Omaha for a spot in the College World Series. And they would not have this great situation in place if not for an incredible comeback in the Regional Final on Monday night in Houston against Baylor.
Down 8-5 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Golden Bears scored twice to make it an 8-7 game. Then, with two outs and the bases loaded, Sophomore Devon Rodriguez was at the plate with a 2-2 count. What happened next had radio play-by-play announcer, Danny Fry of KALX Berkeley 90.7 FM, going crazy.
This is my favorite play-by-play call so far in 2011:
"I apologize folks! I'm sure you didn't hear any of that!" "My voice is gone; I called two games yesterday!" Absolutely classic.
And you can totally feel the emotional ride that the Cal baseball team has been through over the last year in Fry's call. What an amazing story it will be if they can make it to the College World series. And if they can win it all, well, I would love to hear Fry's call of that.