Saturday, May 03, 2008

Sportsmanship

This is one of the best stories about sportsmanship that I've seen in a long time. Even metaphorically, it stands in stark contrast to the situation in Springfield where members of the same party are unable to work together, not to mention the discord across the rotunda where bill-jacking has become rampant.

Maybe some people could learn something from this story:
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- With two runners on base and a strike against her, Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon University uncorked her best swing and did something she had never done, in high school or college. Her first home run cleared the center-field fence.

But it appeared to be the shortest of dreams come true when she missed first base, started back to tag it and collapsed with a knee injury.

She crawled back to first but could do no more. The first-base coach said she would be called out if her teammates tried to help her. Or, the umpire said, a pinch runner could be called in, and the homer would count as a single.

Then, members of the Central Washington University softball team stunned spectators by carrying Tucholsky around the bases Saturday so the three-run homer would count -- an act that contributed to their own elimination from the playoffs.
You really should read the rest of the story. Or you can watch the video about it.


2 Comments:

At May 3, 2008 at 3:55 PM, Blogger Levois said...

That's sportmanship alright but I think I would have went for that single so that my team wouldn't have been eliminated. That's the competitive spirit within me.

 
At May 4, 2008 at 11:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story has been the one bright spot in the news this year. The ladies picked up their opponent and carried her around the bases, because they thought the home run should count. They didn't know that this was the batter's first ever home run or that she had a .100 hitting record. At each base, they dipped the batter low enough to touch the base. At home plate, they left the batter in the arms of her team and walked away without, what appeared to be, as so much of a thank you.

 

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