UH baseball fans are expected to root-root-root for the home team in tonight’s 2018 opener.
But it also would be difficult to root against Air Force when head coach Mike Kazlausky says things like this (in an interview with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser):
> “These young men have all raised their right hands and said they’re willing to die for our country. Yes, we’re going to come out and play baseball. But it’s really about the journey. They’re going to learn and mature and transform and develop, so at the end of the day, we’re not making them into baseball players, we’re making them into warriors.”
> “After nine innings, whatever happens, we’re going to walk across and shake the hand of the Hawaii Rainbows. And it’s going to happen all three days. I don’t know what’s going to happen on the left side or the right side regarding the win-loss column. But it’s just a game at the end of the day.”
> “These young men who are putting on the Air Force uniform, all we’re doing is preparing them for war five years from now. After they graduate, it’s no longer a game. The next game they play is called ‘war.’ They’d better be ready. These young men wearing our baseball uniform are ready. We develop leaders of character. Immediately, when they’re 22 years old and they walk across the stage and throw their hats in the air, their job and responsibility is they are overseeing over 80 percent of our Air Force as an officer. We do expect them to know how to be a leader. We expect them to know how to train and equip. That’s our expectation as a country.”
> “These young men have all raised their right hands and said they are willing to die for you. How do you root against kids who are willing to do that for us?”
> “I woke up today. I’m happy to be alive. I’m going to be judged by someone bigger than my wife someday. I have to make sure I’m doing it right.”