By the bottom of the 9th inning Presbyterian had taken a 1-0 lead on LU, and brought in their closer to finish the game. Pop. Pop. Two hits in a row tied the game and left the game winning run on second. Two walks later, the bases were loaded and everyone was on the edge of their seats for the dramatic finish.
The batter strode to the plate, with a heroic glint in his eye. He had the chance to win the game with a single swing, all he had to do was connect. The pitcher knew he was in a jam, but maybe he would get lucky. He quickly fell behind in the count...ball one....ball two...ball three. He had to throw a strike...ball four. He walked in the game winning run.
It was all rather anti-climatic, as the player trotted home, and rather hard to be excited for such a finish. A win is a win, right? Don't get me wrong, I like to win, but how do you duplicate that? A win because the other team can't get it across the plate.
The thing is, they put themselves in a position to win by staying in the game...when the hits were not coming, when the rain was pouring down, when the ace reliever came to the mound. Some probably would not have held it against them if they would have just packed it in. It's only one game, right? I guess you could say that about a lot in life, or you could stay in the game.