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When I was short, and the summers were long, I played baseball on a little league team. We were called the Porch & Patio Pirates, and for a time, I was one of their pitchers.
I wasn’t as good as most of my teammates – I was a little chunky, and my uniform always felt too tight – but I tried my best. I had a pretty good fastball, but I was a bit of a one-trick pony. The good pitchers on our team could throw curve balls. My attempts at a curve ball usually landed in the dirt or in the stands.
The beginning of the end of my mediocre pitching career came one Saturday morning at Rotary Fields here in Glastonbury.
I was the starting pitcher, and I was full of confidence. The game was mine to win. I don’t recall who our opponents were, but surely they were no match for my blazing arm and smoking hot bat!
The first inning began, and I tried to settle into a rhythm.
Perhaps it was the humidity. It was high summer, and the mornings could be brutal before the ground mist evaporated back into the heavens.
Sweat poured down my face.
Perhaps it was the glare. The mid-morning sun shone into my eyes. The beads of sweat amplified the rays.
I blinked and saw rainbows.
Or perhaps it was just me. I wasn’t very good, after all. For all I wished I were an athlete, in reality I was just a dopey kid with delusions of baseball diamond grandeur.
Whatever the reasons, I not only pitched wildly that Saturday morning, but I beaned three batters in two short innings.
Yeesh, what an outing!
The first one, I hit in the shoulder. That’s the most common in little league. Most batters don’t even flinch. They figure the free base is worth a little sting.
I hit the second kid in the back. Most kids jump out of the way. Some kids kinda freeze up and just turn away from the mound, exposing the pretty large target of their backs. It wasn’t my fastest pitch. The kid was fine. Phew!
But the last kid I hit ended my time on the mound that day, and after that I didn’t really feel like pitching anymore.
The last kid I hit in the helmet with my best (and wildest) fastball. He crumpled to the ground.
I thought I had killed him.
Thank god that thought only lasted a fleeting second, as he was up on his feet and running towards first base in no time.
But in that instant, well it scared the Pitcher right outta me. I had no more confidence to be on that mound.
After that day, I asked to play first base. It was a more natural fit for me.
My hero played first base for the New York Yankees.
To little me, he was the best there ever was, and I mimicked his unique droop-shouldered batting style when I was at the plate.
I wanted to be like Donny Baseball.
I wanted to play forever.
But high school came along, and I understood at the junior varsity baseball tryouts that I didn’t have what it took to play with the big kids.
That was okay. I had played some great games in little league.
And I could always toss a baseball or smash a wiffle ball around the yard.
And I still have my Yankees. 🙂
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As usual, here is some information on the printables: we designed these free printable Baseball Patent Prints in three colors and to fit into a 16×20 inch frame or a 24×36 poster frame, though you may scale them up or down as necessary. 24×36 inch scales down easily to 20×30 / 16×24 / 12×18 / 8×12 / 4×6 inches, and 16×20 inch scales down to 12×15 / 8×10 / 4×5 inches with no problems. If you need help with scaling down these printables so you can print them using your home printer, then make sure you check out our “How To Easily Resize Pictures” post.
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