It is the bottom of the 9th, Game 7 of the World Series is on-the-line. The home team is down by a run with 2 outs and coach has a crucial decision bring up the veteran who is injured but willing to take a shot, or bring in the rookie. Someone who has not seen playing time all during the playoffs.
Either way, this could be a decision he may regret so why leave it up to someone who is injured and blame it all on that. He chooses the rookie.
The rookie steps into the on-deck circle and starts taking his practice swings. His stomach in knots knowing full well that the game is on-the-line the moment he steps into the batters box.
The pressure rising, the batter before him walks! This could be his one moment in glory as with one swing of the bat he could win the game. The Rookies body is tense as he steps into the box. The pitcher staring down the plate as he looks for what his first pitch will be.
The wind-up and the pitch… fastball down the middle for a strike.
The Rookie backs out of the box shuffles his batting gloves and digs his back foot into the box. The pitcher wipes the sweat from his face as he looks down at the Rookie who is more nervous than he is.
He begins his wind-up and throws a huge breaking curve-ball which the Rookie fouls off making the count 0-2. The crowd growing tense knowing full well that the game is now resting in the hands of an untested player.
Settling back in the Rookie’s stomach is in knots. The pitcher looking in thinking now that he has the game in his hands. The wind-up and the pitch… fastball, down the middle of the plate and low but out of nerves the Rookie swings and makes contact. It wasn’t a pretty swing but it was enough to send it to deep right field. The fans stand-up and cheer thinking it might be gone and the series is theirs. The right fielder runs back to the wall and jumps up… the crowds gasps as the right fielder then falls to the ground not knowing if he has caught the ball or not.
With a sense of disappointment the Rookie stops between first and second base waiting for the call, the right fielder checks his glove drops his head and starts to walk slowly back to the dugout. The umpire raises his hand in a circle motion indicated that the Rookie has just hit a walk-off home run in Game 7 of the World Series!
Oh what a feeling.
Now, if only this game wasn’t played in our backyard and in Dad’s imagination.