fun ball stories
I would be interested in reading about fun and sometimes not so fun stories that YOU have. You may of witnessed, or taken part in the story but I think its a nice forum to discuss. I think it would be kinda " different " to hear how regular people like you and I have played like...to me THAT is history. Think about it and comment if you want... Just because we don't make a living playing baseball doesn't mean we don't live baseball. I have been playing for 41 years ( in one form or another ) Seen some good, some bad, AND some ugly.
Here's one to start ( in retrospect it's funny though at the time NOT SO MUCH )
Playing right field a linedrive was hit over my head toward the fence. As I'm running full tilt back for it I could hear " you got room,you got room, FENCE!" I turned to see where the fence was AS I HIT IT ! Knocked out one front tooth, cut a finger, and had a huge swollen knee.
As fate would have it I was the first batter, after watching 2 strikes land with my blurry eyes I swung at the next pitch ( to this day I swear I couldn't see the ball very good but I connected with an inside the park HR. The coach took me out of the game IMMEDIATELY Apparently I looked like heck,nostrils flaring, glossy eyes, panting like a marathon runner and still couldn't see a thing in focus.
For the record I had to have a fake tooth rebuilt and I try to be more careful near fences!
I had a blast playing in an adult league this past spring/summer for the Austin Dodgers, despite us going 2-17-1. It was my first time playing baseball in 21 years, since I last played in high school in 1992. I had played a couple seasons of softball on Army unit teams when not deployed, but that was it. At 37, I was up against many guys who were much younger and had played college or higher levels. Still, I did quite well for an old guy (thank the Army for keeping me in great shape all those years!).
I would say that my favorite experience at the plate was in a late season game vs the Cubs. I already had a 2 hit game against them early on in the season, but was just breaking out of an 0-10 slump after missing 4 games with an injury to my foot. I played 2B for a few innings, and had a great game there (my glove is still pretty darn good these days) but hadn't batted yet. Leading off the 8th inning (last, as we have a 2:45 time limit) and down 12 or so runs to the Cubs, I singled on a line drive to CF. A few batters later, and I was brought home with our first run of the inning.
The guys kept hitting! Next thing I know, I am up again with only 1 out! We were within 3 or 4 runs of tying the game at that point! This is the only time in my entire "career" of playing ball at any time in my life that I got a second AB in the same inning! We had a guy on first and third, 1 out. The pitcher (relieved the guy I had singled off of earlier that frame) was the guy I had slapped two hits off of earlier in the season, so the confidence was pretty high. A few pitches in the AB, I swung at one outside and lofted a high fly to LF. Luckily for me and my Dodgers' mates, the LFer was playing over by CF, the SS was at double play depth and close to the bag, and the 3Bman was in on the grass to prevent the run. The ball dropped in for my second hit of the inning between them (a good "Texas Leaguer" in the Heart of Texas!). My mate on 3B scored our final run of the inning.
For the game then, I was 2-2 with a R and RBI in just one inning at the dish! Unfortunately, the next two guys got out rather quickly, and we still lost despite the big comeback by 3 or 4 runs. Still, I have the ability to now say that I have had two hits in one inning! It's the little things that count sometimes...
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