Thursday, May 01, 2008

You Want Heartwarming? I Can Do Heartwarming

If this doesn't make you puddle up just a little then you may have no soul.
Gary Frederick thought he had seen everything in 40 years at Central
Washington University. He'd coached baseball and women's basketball for 11
years, been an assistant on the football team for 17 and athletic director for

Last weekend, he learned he was wrong.

In the top of the second inning as his Wildcats played host to
Western Oregon University in Ellensburg, Wash., something happened that spoke to
the beauty of athletics. It came in the form of a home run that no one in
attendance will forget.

"Never in my life had I seen anything like it," said Frederick, 70,
in his 14th season as softball coach.

"It was just unbelievable."

You may never see me post this again, either. h/t Fischer


capper said...

You could have used Jagler at 620TMJ, and spared yourself endless ribbing.

grumps said...

Ahh, I gots broad shoulders. I can take it.

We also believe in praising the behavior we wish to cultivate around here. Even the nastiest kid brings his Mom flowers once in a while. If you know what I mean.

Anonymous said...

Uhhh, ahhhh, well what did they see? A homerun? Is that such a big deal? I am lost. If this guy has been coaching for this long and hasn't seen a homerun, well then he was not a very good coach, nor did he play very good teams. I must be just lost.

Maybe the homerun was really far? I mean what is the big deal with this homerun?

Lisa Stone said...

I know I will catch heat for this but this is the exact reason that women's sports are never taken reals seriously. If it is not something like this then it is that lady with the busted leg allowed to go uncontested to lay in some meaningless school record.

Remember when Geoff Jenkins busted his leg going back into third a few years back? As he lifted that leg that had an ankle facing the wrong way the third baseman tagged him out.

Yes there are women who compete and are good at what they play, but as a coach that "It was just unbelievable" I hope means his teams just picked up two extra miles next practice.