Before I start this week’s installment I want to tell you all about Carl. Carl read the blog last week and contacted me on facebook because his mom had just lost her leg. We talked for a good while and I was happy to tell Carl what I had been through. It was exactly what I had hoped for when I started this blog. Once again I want to let everyone know exactly what the title means. It means that if I am doing it so can you. For me it was getting in shape and playing softball. For you it could be just getting out and doing something extra or taking the time to help someone else out.
Now lets get to this week. Charm City Electric was taking on the Maryland Bombers tonight. They are probably one of our biggest rivals in the Perry Hall Softball League. We had a lot of history last year. It all started when one of our games was rained out because of lightning. We had an early lead and then they scored 12 runs in one inning. That’s when the skies opened up and there was lightning in the distance. Our guys walked off and said they didn’t want to play anymore. That’s when the Bombers accused us of ducking a loss. It was classic slow pitch softball stuff. I personally wanted to play even though I have a metal leg. Eventually we ended up playing the bombers in the playoffs and we knocked them into the losers bracket with a walk-off homer from my good friend Chuck Purdue (no relation to Frank Perdue). My point here is that the Bombers came to play tonight.
Personally it was a rough night for me. I was just a little off tonight. Have you ever had one of those nights where everything you did was just a little off. I couldn’t locate my pitches and was left to try to just get it over at some points. Not good in slow pitch softball it was a humbling experience. We lost game one 29-17 in six innings. That’s right it’s not good when you pitch and give up 29 runs. They hit about 4 of 5 balls that had stewardesses on them, and I had to call a cab for a couple of my outfielders as well. It was just one of those games. To our team’s credit we bounced back in game two and split the doubleheader with a 23-13 victory in six innings. I was proud of the way our team bounced back in game two. I made a couple of adjustments on the mound and my teammates made a couple of big plays behind me in the victory.
I was 3-6 with a walk at the plate. It was a frustrating night for me though because I came up twice with a runner on third and less than two outs and couldn’t score the run. The first time I swung at ball four with first base open, and the second time I popped out. Totally inexcusable, especially in slow pitch softball. I guess I’m pretty hard on myself, but if I am going to sit behind the microphone and criticize the O’s for not getting the run home with less than two outs, then I should be able to do it myself. Regardless of the outcome it was another great night because I got out there and played ball with some good friends. As always thanks to Maryland Orthotics and Prosthetics for providing me with the proper equipment to get out there and be active and thanks to my teammates for playing hard tonight.
Here is a picture of Lee Mantelmacher, owner of Maryland Orthotics and Prosthetics doing what he does best
Until next time, If I can do it you can do it too.