Saturday, May 21, 2005

Hey Dad? Wanna catch?

Well, as I sit and watch SNL here in our South Bend hotel and am thinking back to my day at Ivy Field. Ray really covered everything pretty well, but there was one fun experience that he left out. Before Northwestern took the field to take on Louisville, The Cardinals were in a tight one (Bobak, don't say a word) with Albany. Somehow, our fellow student media members Paul Tenorio of the daily and Andrew Linnehan managed to get a hold of two gloves from the NU softball team. I belive the lefty mit belonged to Jamie Dotson and the righty mit belonged to Kristen Salamon. Andrew and Paul were playing some catch on the big grass patch behind the left field bleechers and Ray went over to join them. Eventually, Paul went to watch the rest of the game, while Howard and I (who were going to be on the call of NU vs. the eventual winner) continued to play catch with Ray and Linnehan. Eventually what this broke down to was a mix between catch and football. Linnehan would run patterns (football style) and we would try to hit him in stride. It was actually kind of interesting and I feel we amused to the Wildcats who were just chilling out waiting for the Louisville-Albany game to end. Before we went over to watch the end of the game, I dawned Jamie's mit and Howard took the other glove and we just played a standard game of catch. I have to say, being in college, getting a chance to just throw the ball around never gets old. We wondered over to the right field bleechers just in time to watch Louisville hit a game tying 2-run blast, followed by a walk off solo bomb.

The moral of the story, no matter how old you are, or what your occupation is, playing catch is always a great experience. In case anyone was curious, Howard has a very accurate arm, where I have the distance, but I look like Wild Thing Vaughn before the glasses.

By the way, I do have a 3-0 lead, but the Friday's Jack Daniel's NY Strip has the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th (that one is for Mr. Garcia) SEND IT IN!!! TOILET HUMOR!!!!

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