A visitor’s view
At away team’s dugout, Siena Heights head coach John Kolasinski expressed his respect for the college.
“I respect whatever decision they would make,” Kolasinski said. “We’re their guests and they’ve been very good hosts to us before and I anticipate that going on along the line. I think one of the things you have to do is respect everybody’s decisions, be it if they play or if they don’t play. That’s part of life.”
Like Keister and his players, Kolasinski was focused on one thing.
“Playing in good weather man, come on,” he said, laughing. “We’re from Michigan, we don’t get good weather to play in.”
That good weather, along with the anthem, brought a larger-than-usual crowd to the game. Approximately 80 spectators arrived before the first pitch was thrown. Among them was 25-year-old Goshen resident Tyler Roth, who said he only heard about the anthem issue on the social networking site Facebook.
“I don’t think it’s going to be as big a deal as they think it’s going to be,” Roth said. “We’ll see what happens, I guess.”
Two Facebook groups popped up in regard to the anthem controversy, one in support and one in opposition to its playing. By the time Tuesday’s game rolled around, the pro-anthem group had 450 fans while the opposition group had 1,296 fans.
Also in attendance and wearing an American flag sweatshirt was Jim Kelly of LaGrange, father of GC catcher Benjamin Kelly.
“Baseball’s got a real tradition of having our national anthem played for it,” Kelly said. “It’s a nice thing to do and it’s a real strong tradition with baseball and I’m glad they’re (going to start playing it).”