The setting on Friday was not ideal, nor was the ending of Brandon Triche's SU basketball career.
Triche, slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Syracuse Chiefs home opener, headed home around 2:30 p.m. after the game was postponed because of rain. Before leaving though, Triche offered some time to the media.
It's the first time since that heartbreaking Final Four loss to Michigan that Triche spoke to the media about this year's run and the stellar four years that were Triche's time on the hill.
On that fateful night in Atlanta, Triche was remorseful, saying he dropped the ball with the game on the line. (Though some would argue the officials dropped the ball, not Triche)
"Not a lot of people can say they made it to the Final Four in general. And for our team to do it I mean, the last three years I've been on awesome teams where we all thought we should have gotten to the Final Four. And for this team to make it, Not a lot of people expected that. Even if we didnt lose those four games in a row. But it was just incredible, just a full team effort. Thats why i enjoyed it so much. Everybody played their part and contributed." Triche said.
On Friday, in the press box of NBT Bank Stadium, Triche was in better spirits and very thankful for the fan support the Orange received over the past month especially.
"They have been actually incredible. They're happy for what we have done. Im sure they would of probably taken a few plays out, you know, especially in that last game. But they're happy and what's even better is that the Syracuse community just in general, the campus and things, they're just congratulating us. It actually feels good. It makes us feel like we really did something positive even though we didnt win the championship. I think a lot of them are just really happy that we got to the Final Four. You know not a lot of people can say that." he added.
Triche was asked about the stars going pro early like Michael Carter-Williams and said he didn't blame him or any others saying "If I had the chance, I probably would have done the same thing."
For fans disappointed they weren't able to see Triche throw out the first pitch Friday, don't worry. Brandon told us that he will be back Saturday to throw out that ceremonial first pitch. Triche divulged that he loves watching and playing baseball and it's almost like a dream come true to throw out a first pitch at a baseball game.
"I was gonna try and throw a curveball" Triche joked.
The Chiefs game with Lehigh Valley is set for 2 p.m. Saturday.