Before I start my recap of today’s action I need to say hello to Chris. I ran into Chris at the Taco Bell while I was returning from the Ravens OTA’s on Wednesday. Chris was just coming from Maryland Orthotics and Prosthetics where he was just fitted for his brand new prosthetic. We sat and talked for a bit and I let him know that things will get easier. Chris has a great attitude and already is well on his way to getting his life back to normal. He said he played softball before his amputation and was pretty intrigued when I told him that I played three times a week.
Today started out great. I was able to get over to Maryland Orthotics and Prosthetics and get a couple of adjustments that really made my leg feel and look a lot better. I also learned today that I will be working with the people from IWalk when they come to town next week. They are getting more feedback on their powerfoot. It’s one of the best pieces of equipment that I have worked with so far. I am very excited to work with it again next week.
Charm City Electric took care of business tonight sweeping the Gunpowder Lodge 13-3 and 16-7. I was on the mound for game one. I gave up two solo home runs, I guess I was channeling my Jason Hammel, but my teammates were able to score a lot more runs for me than the Orioles did for Jason on Wednesday night. The Bulldog would be happy to know that the Catch the Buzz curveball was working to perfection on Thursday night. I didn’t get any strikeouts with it but I did get two pop-ups to the catcher and five innings with just three runs allowed. My hot hitting continued in game one. I went 2-3 and drove in three runs. I came up with runners in scoring postion all three times and came thru twice and moved the runner to third while reaching on an error by the second baseman in my other at bat. Our shortstop Dave (pictured below) drove in the final two runs in the fifth to give us the ten run rule victory 13-3. You know you are going good when you are a little bitter because you are on deck and don’t get to hit because the game ends via the 10 run rule.
Our other Pitcher Dale returned tonight from a severe groin injury so I DH’ed in game two. My hot hitting continued. I drove in two runs with a single in my first at bat and finished the night with a double over the right center fielder’s head in the seventh inning. Overall I was 4-5 on the night and am 9 for my last 10 at the plate. We had a potential buzzhole of the week moment in the bottom of the sixth inning when Chuck Perdue hit a hard grounder to third. Chuck didn’t run out the grounder but ended up reaching when the third baseman threw the ball away. I was coaching third and immediately started to dog him for not running out the grounder. Chuck made some weak excuse about having back surgery a couple months ago, but I told him that the one legged third base coach wasn’t buying any of those weak excuses. He was a candidate for buzzhole of the week with that play until I didn’t run out my double in the seventh. Truth told I probably should have been on third with a triple instead of a double if I would have been hustling out of the box. I will leave you with a great quote from Ravens Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees. During his meeting with the media he had this to say, “I ask my players to do three things to be a great defensive player. Be tough, know what you are supposed to do and give me full effort all the time. Even anyone of you standing here in front of me can do that. Add athletic ability and then you can be great.” Those are words that anyone can live by. No matter what your level of athletic ability is. Remember if I can do it you can do it too. Until next time…