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Heinz-sight: Ruthian moment?

By From page A8 | June 26, 2013

Jerry Heinzer

The hidden beauty to sports is that there’s always a chance something happens that’s never been seen before.

Something unique … not a variation of something basic but an unusual feat not likely to occur again anytime soon, or ever.

The more one’s around sports, the odds decrease.

Something stood out at a recent baseball game.

First context. Remember Babe Ruth’s pointing gesture toward centerfield at Wrigley Field in game 3 of the 1932 World Series and the next pitch landing well over 400 feet in the temporary seating on Sheffield Avenue?

Whether Ruth called his home run shot is debatable and part of baseball lore.

Back to present day. The visitors trailed by three runs in their last ups and conventional wisdom, in that instance, called for one thing: baserunners.

One batter had loftier ambitions. He wanted to touch ’em all so he propositioned his dad — for money — should he hit the white car beyond the outfield fence.

The deal hit a snag and chuckles broke out when a white car in left-center backed out and drove away.

Turns out that on the first pitch of his at bat, the kid rockets a deep drive toward dead left and — take your pick — two other white cars parked in the vicinity.

Ever heard the sound of a baseball hitting the very top of a chain-linked fence? Rare in itself and that “ping” sound was how close he came to cashing in. Unfortunately for his wallet, the ball bounded back toward the field.

Wasn’t surprised of the incentive arrangement — it probably happens. More so that the player came an inch from delivering on it.

Saw a triple play later that day to end a game. Guess it’ll be a summer of surprises.

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry Heinzer

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