I first heard of the brawl via an FB university instructor friend's status update. It was “the first bench clearing brawl” he’d “seen at a collegiate baseball game.”
Before the fight, Trojan coaches were cursing at umpires, the instructor said. A UALR coach had been ejected because he yelled “bullshit” at an umpire.
Yelling at people can be a demoralizing workplace tactic (or habit). But it may have been pretty effective for the Trojan team. The Trojans literally did not go down Wednesday night without a fight. UALR's Trojans have 11 wins and 15 losses this season.
The video, seen all over KATV last night, shows UALRs coach, Scott Norwood, get on the field. UCA’s coach did too. Norwood was shoved and he fell to the ground in an Oscar worthy stunt performance.
The fight began when a "UALR Coach was bumped by the UCA coach and 'faked' falling down. That UALR coach totally ‘took a dive’ and overacted the bump," a fan said. "After he ‘fell,’ the UALR bench cleared and UCA retaliated.”
Does a bench clearing brawl lessen the agony of defeat? The Bears won 5- 4 and in sports a win is a matter of perspective. The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory. During the fight, students were trying to get their blows in too from behind the net.
Is violence a standard in American baseball?
I’m an NFL fan, and a bench clearing brawl is almost unheard of. But anytime there’s a huge fight on the field, fans usually see it coming and support their team. However, officials are responsible for seeing trouble on the field first.
By the end of the game, my instructor pal says, “to be honest, the umps completely lost control.”
The baseball field fight at UCA (and anywhere really) examples what happens when umps don’t destroy conflict on the field before it erupts. If need be, kick a coach out for looking at you wrong. That’s one of the simplest codes of self-preservation on the streets, classrooms, boardrooms, and the athletic field.
A good conscience can spot the trembling and rumors of violence and war in a heartbeat. An active conscience works immediately to quell it. Peace and nonviolence should always be the hearts and minds of coaches, players, referees, fans, and general managers, even in competition.
Some have to work a little harder for the resolution of peace than others.