I fell in love with basketball long ago. I played non stop for years but it wasn’t my first love. That distinction belongs to baseball. In the six years I played competitive baseball there were many moments I will never forget but one in particular rises above the rest.
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
It was my second season and I wasn’t old enough to play hardball yet so it was softball for me. I was basically an infielder my whole ‘career’ but for some reason, this was the only season I was a catcher. Our team completely dominated that year and made it to the championship game.
So there I was at the end of the summer, in the final inning with 2 out. We were only up by one or two runs so the pressure was on. The batter took his final swing and popped it up directly above my head. I had to hustle but I caught that ball and we won the championship. There’s nothing like making the final play to win a title, even if it was only little league softball.
Strangely enough, another memory I have from that day was a meteor shower that everyone was talking about. Back then, I was a little naive and I remember a few people messing with me causing me to ‘worry’ about one of the meteors crashing down to earth.
“The chances are slim but it could happen” They told me.
I stayed up that night and watched the only meteor shower I’ve ever seen. I haven’t witnessed one since.
It was an amazing day.
It wasn’t long after that when I became obsessed with movies as well and films like The Sandlot captured my imagination. I ran a bit of a poll on my Facebook account last week and asked people what their favorite baseball movie moment was.
I started it off with one of my favorite moments: Kevin Costner’s character playing catch with his father in Field of Dreams. Great moment. Many people mentioned their personal favorites like ‘The Pickle with Hercules’, ‘There’s no crying in baseball’, a whole bunch of awesome Bull Durham references and more…
It was so easy for people to select their favorite moment. Like it was instinct. Ask a question like ‘What is your favorite baseball movie moment?’ and people just know. It’s a part of them. People love baseball movies. I love baseball movies!
The more I thought about it, the more I kept going back to my favorite little league moment and how much fun I had. And so…
The Sandlot Wins For Me
Field of Dreams is a close second but I knew my favorite baseball moment would come from The Sandlot the second I started writing this post.
This classic is permanently etched in my mind but this isn’t about picking my favorite baseball movie. It’s about my favorite baseball movie moment. So I decided to go with ‘The Omen’ when Benny crushes the ball with such force it literally rips the ball apart.
I chose that particular moment above all the hilarious and quotable lines because it’s all about baseball. It’s about playing the game and being a part of something amazing.
That’s what baseball means to me. Even if the Blue Jays haven’t won for a million years…
What’s your favorite baseball movie moment?