With their season on the line in a winner-take-all match-up against Fresno State, it was a tense time among the Arizona State baseball team. In fact, the tension reached a point where a couple of Sun Devils players chose to duke it out even before the first pitch.
But as it turns out, the pre-game fracas was a phony. Say what?
ESPN cameras caught the fight between ASU teammates Brett Wallace and Ike Davis, much to the surprise of Sun Devil fans & Fresno State Bulldogs alike. (Video can be seen here.)
But as the EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE reports, the pair admitted afterwards that the punch-up was all planned out. So, why stage a fight before the most important game of the season?
“We wanted to do it to loosen up the team a little bit and maybe get the other team to think about other things,” Davis said after the game. “It didn’t work, but it was fun.”
It certainly didn’t - Fresno State went on to win, 12-9, becoming the first 4th-ranked regional seed to make it to the College World Series.
Amazingly, this wasn’t even the first time such a stunt was used by the Sun Devils. A couple of players pseudo-slugged it out before a tournament game in 2005. So, not only was Wallace & Davis’ fight a forgery, it wasn’t even original.
So, now with all this extra CWS-less time on their hands, Davis & Wallace can contine working on their skills. We suggest joining a boxing ring - and a community theater workshop.