People can get all misty-eyed about “Field of Dreams,” but the best sports movie is “Rocky III.”
To recap: After fighting a bunch of “set-up” fighters to retain his championship, Rocky Balboa fights Clubber Lang, gets beat up badly, doubts himself and then gets the “Eye of the Tiger” to win the rematch.
The lesson: If you want to play tough, you have to schedule tough.
All of which brings us to today’s baseball game between UH and LSU at Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers are ranked, including leading the country in attendance for 22 consecutive seasons. But UH coach Mike Trapasso, who negotiated the three-game series, wanted his team to “experience a great environment.” Iron sharpens iron, as the UH football mantra goes.
“It’s good for us to get away from the Les and into a different environment,” Trapasso said .”It takes guys out of their comfort zone. If you’re going to compete in the Big West, you’re going to have to compete in some tough environments on the road. There’s no tougher environment to go into than Alex Box Stadium. Regardless of what happens, it will be a good opportunity for us.”
An added perk: UH will received a $15,000 appearance fee, which is considered lucrative for a college-baseball series.