Play of the Week

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic
Humorous short story by Richard Columbia, PhD.

Submitted: September 25, 2016

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Submitted: September 25, 2016



Play of the Week


Home-town USA, today.


It was the bottom of the sixth, the bases were loaded with two outs. We were ahead 10 to 4, but Boom-Boom was at bat and he had been hitting us hard all day.


Strike one.

Strike two.


Boom-Boom dug in hard and deep ready for the next pitch.


This was it.




The ball shot straight up in the air. It went so high that I was not sure where it was going at first. Then Steve, our rock steady third-baseman of 15 years, flipped down his shades and slid under ball all in one smooth motion.


Steve adjusted his position slightly to match the drifting ball and waited.


We all waited.


The ball was still rising.


Steve raised his glove to make a two-handed catch - Steve always used two hands just to make sure.


While Steve made his finally adjustments, our catcher slammed into him.  (The Catcher did not hear Steve wave him off.)


Bouncing off Steve's chest, the Catchers shin-guard caught onto Steve's snap-on sweatpants and ripped them clean off.


Steve later reported that he had felt a draft after being hit. "I knew something was terribly wrong, but the game was on the line. What would you have me do call a time out, or make a one-handed catch while I confirmed my worst fears".


Steve made the catch with little more than his glove, jockey-shorts and lucky Nike high-tops.


His team went on to win the game 10 to 4.


After the game Steve commented that, "the victory was especially sweet because the other team had beaten them in the playoffs last year.”


Steve was not available for further comment, but unconfirmed sources report that when Steve realized that he was standing in the middle of the infield without his pants, he simply bowed to his teammates who were rolling on the ground in laughter, and then turned to the cheering crowd, thrust ball in hand high into the air and smiled.


A class-act given the circumstances.


This reporter would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate Steve and his friend John who have both made the team for the 15th year in a row.

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