Call it a baseball battle of wills.
Who will submit?
Who will be the first to blink?
Why weren't the speakers blaring Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down"?
The South Bend Silver Hawks lost their 2014 home opener Tuesday, April 8, before an Opening Day record crowd of 5,650 at Four Winds Field.
But before the first pitch was thrown in the Midwest League game, the Hawks beat the Beloit Snappers in a curious contest that had fans and park employees asking questions.
"What are they doing?"
"Don't they know the anthem is over?"
After both teams had lined up on the baselines for the National Anthem, why had five players from each squad stayed on their respective lines and at attention long after the song ended and right before the game started?
Both quintets refused to yield.
Neither wanted to give up.
Finally, the visitors from Wisconsin left the line and headed to their third base-side bullpen (relief pitchers have that kind of time) and the South Bend five celebrated like they really won something.
You'll see the funniest things at the ballpark.