Before the rest of Athletics Nation spends another second solving our bottom of the rotation starting pitching issues as we continue to experience a diaphoretic, tachycardic response as our blood pressure rises and our pupils enlarge at the mention of Straily or Milone...
I wanted to write a post about something I experienced at my son's Bronco baseball game that I have never come close to seeing in my 40 years of participating in baseball. I know we have all had these types of experiences either happen to us or we witnessed them and we just can't wrap our minds around what we had just seen.
Here it goes. With 1 out in the bottom of the 5th inning, the game was well in hand with my son Nico's team (Rainbow Cleaners) leading, a clean base hit in between our our 1st and 2nd basemen was made by a player for Cypress Sporting Goods. As our two infielders almost tripped over each other going for the groundball, Adam Levin (maybe I should call him Benny the Jet), charged it from medium deep right field and quickly realized that our 1st baseman was not going to be able to get up in time to receive a throw. After cleanly fielding the grounder in shallow right and without any other options, he swiftly ran to 1st avoiding both our 1st baseman and the batter to nab him for the 2nd out by less than 1/2 a step. So how often have I seen a rightfielder from well over 90 feet away outrun a batter going from home to 1st on a groundball? Never. Mark that 9 unassisted in the books.
Adam is not only one of the top 2 players on our team, I could argue he's one of the top 5 players in our league. He normally pitches, catches or plays shortstop. His batting stroke is compact and he has great power to right center and will pull the ball if a mistake is made. His skills are there for all to see and appreciate in our games and at some point, for all the promise he shows in playing baseball, he may well forget a single play he made such as the one we witnessed yesterday. I doubt he will ever see anybody else pull this off either.
Have fun sharing your experiences and let's see if Sonny Gray can turn stop the damage in Boston this morning.