March 7 – baseball

Sunday my mom came over to my house and we sat at my dining room table in front of my laptop for 3 hours. Her grandson, my brother’s youngest boy, is a freshman at the University of Tennessee and is a pitcher for their college baseball team. Sunday his game was streaming live on the SEC website.

During the 5th inning began, Garrett was called in to pitch! He looked so focused, so serious as he threw 90+mph baseballs from the mound to home plate. Being the pitcher, he was constantly on our computer screen. We watched as he eyed the signals from his catcher, nodding no and then yes. He threw the ball, his whole body in motion behind it to send it lightning speed across the plate. He got strikes. He watched his pitches get hit – some foul balls and only 3 base hits. Once the ball was bunted back at him and he calmly caught it and delivered it to first base for the out.

A summary on the UTenn website states, “Sophomore Will Neely got the start for the Vols, giving up three earned runs and striking out four batters in 5.1 innings work. Freshman Garrett Stallings provided strong relief again for Tennessee, only allowing three hits in 3.2 scoreless innings. However, Jon Lipinski (2-0) got the win, shutting out the Spartans in extra innings.”

I predict that I may spend more hours in front of my computer watching more college baseball this year and I’m counting the days until Spring Break. My mom and I are taking a road trip to sit in the stands at the University of Tennessee to watch Garrett and his team play.

Batter up. With Garrett, be ready to strike out! Go VOLS!

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7 thoughts on “March 7 – baseball

  1. msosterman49 says:

    This is so wonderful!!! I know your mom is thrilled for two reasons that she gets to see her grandchild succeed in a very challenging roll and thrilled for the daughter she has that shares the experience of watching a family member step into fame after hard work. Great piece!!!

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  2. Frances A Mccrackin says:

    What a special time for you and your mom! You often make your small moment pieces quite factual as well, and I enjoyed that in this piece. You give us just enough emotion to show how invested your laptop audience of two really is 🙂


  3. mgminer says:

    Baseball is such a great sport. My boys were pitchers, too. Did you find yourself holding your breath? I’m sure I lost brain cells due to baseball induced oxygen deprivation! So cool that technology can let grandma see her boy!


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