Friday, February 08, 2008

Home Run #1

I started playing baseball in 1971. I was the kid picked last. A walk was a victory when I came to bat But, I loved the game. I slowly got better, but never good enough to play in high school. I switched to softball and have played off and on my entire adult life. Slowly I got better, but I have never hit a home run over a fence.





Until. . . tonight.







Tonight I turned on an inside pitch, launching it down the left field line. The umpire, catcher and I stood at home plate and watched it twist towards the foul pole. I listened for the metal clank you hear when ball hits fence for a near home run. The sound never came. The ball bounced once and was found on the grassy hill over the left field fence. My first 'over the fence' home run.

After the game, the ump gave me the ball.

17 comments:

angie's pink fuzzy said...

pat, that's awesome!!! congratulations!

Jeff said...

Way to go, Babe!

Firefly's Running said...

Congrads, Pat. That sounds like an awesome moment!

TNTcoach Ken said...

PTP. Prime Time Playa! Okay, tell us were you going for a homer? I'm thinking drug-testing! Great job Pat.

Irene said...

Woohoo!

Some people just get better with age. Youth is wasted on the young, anyway. Teehee. Congratulations Pat!

Reid said...

Wow, Pat! That is so cool! Congrats!

Cheryl said...

Wahoo! Awesome, Pat! That must have been such a thrill. Congratulations!

Topher said...

That's awesome. I'd say you PR'd today.

Marathoner in Training said...

What comes after ONE, TWO. Keep up the great work, and congrats on the first.

Laura said...

I don't think I've ever even been able to hit the ball, let alone get a home run. Congrats!

Dan Seifring said...

Nice job Pat. Looks like the hours you are putting in with Brian McNamee are paying off.

My Life & Running said...

I love it! Congrats Pat!

Amy@RunnersLounge said...

Wow - congratulations! I don't know what is more amazing - your first home run after many years of playing or getting my head wrapped around the fact you can play baseball when it is 25 degrees below zero here. Either way - that rocks!

Left a note on your profile - I am heading to Scotsdale Az in March for a few days - any chance you know some good trails to run?

scott keeps running said...

Congratulations. I'm assuming this means you've had many, many inside-the-park home runs.

J~Mom said...

Congratulations!!!!!! Hope your knee is ok! Did you go see the doctor?

})i({ RunnerGirl said...

GREAT job Pat!!!!!!!!!

Database Diva said...

Congratulations Pat. That must have been a moment to savor. Some things are totally worth the wait!