|Forum topic by Betsy||posted 10-26-2007 04:45 AM||1147 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
10-26-2007 04:45 AM
Ok with all the great sports on right now – I was wondering what “greatest sports moments” some of us LJs have had. We all have such diverse backgrounds and come from so many different places that I thought this would be an interesting look at the “other side” of our cyber family.
So here goes. I was quite the softball player in high school – which made up for my miserable free throw shooting during basketball season. My greatest moment came when we were playing a home game. One thing you have to understand is that our high school plays fast pitch softball. If you have a good pitcher it can be a daunting ball to hit.
Anyway – I was the catcher. In fast pitch the base runners can steal bases. This leads to the catcher being able to attempt to throw out the base runner. Next to being able to go from a crouch, throwing your mask behind you, diving and then catching a high pop foul all the while trying to “run” in all that gear, the only bigger thrill is to throw out a baserunner trying to steal second.
Well one day, my Dad who didn’t know a shortstop from a second baseman, just out of the blue came to a home game. Now I was never really disappointed that he did not come to all my games. My Dad just didn’t get sports and he was horribly shy and did not like to “mingle.” So he shows up one day, without me knowing. The game was a pretty good game, the score was close and there was a runner on first. The pitch came in, the runner bolted and I threw a strike to second base. OUT!!!! Well my Dad who was standing next to the visitors dugout (I’m convinced he knew where he was standing because obviously he knew the school I attended. I think he stood there because everyone would assume he was a parent of one of the visiting team.) and the visiting coach says something to the effect of “that girl can throw!” My Dad, who never, ever raised his voice—- yelled “And that’s my girl.” I heard his voice and had to do a double take. I couldn’t believe it. Here was my Dad publicly being proud of his little girl. When I talked to hiim about it later. He just smiled and went back to his tv program. I’ll never forget that little smile.
So LJs now that I have a little misty tearing going on at such a happy memory. What’s your greatest sports moment?
-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine