This past Friday, word made it from Arizona to Washington that my son, Ian, hit his first home run in a high school game. This ball is… outta here!
While I wasn’t there physically for this monumental moment, I was there. Saturday morning I talked to Ian on the phone and had him describe every little detail. Batting in the four hole. First at bat. Count was 3 and 1. He knew he hit it hard. The ball kept rising until it cleared the 350′ left center-field wall. Estimated length, 385′. Crushed!
“It could be, it might be… It is, A home run!” ~ Harry Caray
My three sons live and breathe baseball, therefore, so do I. At our home, talk about the home run ball hit an all-time high this past year. I would like to say it has to do with the excellence of the feat, and it does, but it also has a lot to do with Coach Kent Murphy. If you are into baseball, lowbrow humor, or YouTube, check him out. Murphy would be proud that Ian didn’t bunt. Dinger!
Resurgence of the term “dinger” for a home run is because of this comedian. Out of many possible names for the home run, to include long ball, moon shot, and touch ’em all, dinger is my least favorite. But I look past the innuendo and double meanings to see the laughs this gives baseball players. And boy do players and their loved ones need to laugh. This game is grueling.
Home runs are years in the making. And some baseball players never hit a home run. During the recent high school spring season, Ian saw that I wouldn’t be attending his game. He asked, “Is it OK if I hit a home run while you’re not there, Mom?” I answered, “That’s fine son, but not too many.” We laughed. Well, on Friday he did crush the ball while I was visiting his sister. And guess what? On Saturday, he hit the ball outta here again, this one to help win the game. Two days, two home runs. Going, going, gone!
There can never be too many dingers.
Have you ever hit a home run? What’s your favorite term for a home run? Does humor help you to get through difficult work? Are you a YouTube fan?
Outta here 😀 ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc
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