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April 4, 2010 - Zach Baker
If there was a DVD about Tiffin's local college sports scene, something of a highlight video from my five years covering it, I find myself wondering what the Easter eggs would be.
You know, the hidden extras. The things that didn't fit. The outakes.
I can't remember them all, but here are a few stories that would make the cut.
In 2005, when I was covering Tiffin University football, a player asked me to interview him. I did. But the player was young and hadn't really had a great day. Now, normally I would smile and say I had more work to do. But I was curious, since this guy had a natural charisma and was a good interview.
It was all going great until a teammate walked by, saw what was happening, and yelled rather loudly: "What are YOU getting interviewed for?"
The player went on to become a D-2 All American. Soon I'd be asking him for interviews. But at that time, he was just a kid having fun after a win.
- In 2008, I was with the Heidelberg baseball team at the Division III regional finals in Indiana. Heidelberg led Adrian by two runs in the top of the ninth inning, three outs away from the D-III World Series. I was doing some volunteer radio work with Jeff Garvin, for Heidelberg's station, and watched as Heidelberg loaded the bases in the inning, a hit away from landing the knockout punch.
But I got a feeling. So I reminded the listeners about 1997, when the Indians left insurance runs on the bases in the ninth inning of game 7 of the World Series, and lost.
As it happened, Heidelberg left the bases loaded, then lost the game in the bottom of the ninth.
I relayed the story to then-Heidelberg AD Duane Sheldon. Duane, who I'd known since I was 13, didn't hesitate in his response.
"So it's your fault."
- This winter, at the end of a Heidelberg men's basketball game with Capital, I got a horrible visual migrane, to the point where I couldn't make out the faces next to me. The game was about to end, and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to identify Damon Goodwin, Capital's coach.
HU assistant SID Nathan LaRiccia agreed to accompany me to see Goodwin, and introduce me, the way it often works when covering a college game.
It was a good plan, and to this day I appreciate Nate helping me out.
One problem. I'd interviewed Goodwin close to 10 times in my career, and had never needed any help to talk to him. So he knew something was up. So I fessed up that I needed the help because I couldn't really see.
Happy Easter, every one.