Verily, it was one of the best days of my entire college career. It was near the end of spring semester of my senior year. That evening my fraternity (Theta Chi, Gamma Omicron chapter) was having its annual Go to Hell Party, which was our big pre-finals blowout. As it happened, the finals of the campus intramural softball tournament were held the same day, and after all those years of futility the Big Red had made it to a championship game (versus a very good team from either the law or business school, can’t recall which).
I had always been involved in just about every intramural sport offered (literally, one day I had four games in four different sports) but since ΘX had never been much of an athletic powerhouse I’d never won a t-shirt.
We fell behind early, but chipped away, and I came to the plate with one out, runners on 2nd and 3rd, down a run, in the bottom of the 6th and final inning. Took a strike (amazing the things you remember, huh?) Then, figuring that I was by god going to get the tying run home no matter what, I swung so hard I nearly came out of my shoes. And whiffed completely. Which is funny now, but not so much then. Finally, with two strikes, I dropped a blooper into right, scoring the tying and winning runs in dramatic walk-off fashion. If we got all my brothers together right now, somebody would be sure to make a joke about my “frozen rope” to win the game. Good times.
For some reason, we had all become huge fans of the German New Wave band Trio, who became semi-famous when their song “Da Da Da” was featured in a Volkswagen commercial. Seriously, this band all the rage around the house. Improbable, I know, but we were wild and free college kids who loved music and alcohol.
I will remember that day, the game, Go to Hell/TrioFest at Tanglewood, for the rest of my life. (I still have both the campus championship t-shirt and the TrioFest t-shirt around here somewhere.) It was a moment of golden, irrelevant glory, the stuff that youth is made of. So, for day 7 of the 30-Day Song Challenge, this song is dedicated to the brothers of Theta Chi at Wake Forest University.