HOW TWO KIDS PLAY BASEBALL ON A FOOTBALL FIELD
I remember playing two-man baseball. And the best games were always played inside the football stadium - which of course was always kept locked. So, we first had to borrow a long wooden plank from the lumber yard. We'd lean it against the accordion-shaped, rust-colored metal fence surrounding the stadium. Then, after crawling up the 45 degree plank, we'd simply climb over the diagonally strung barbed wire, and jump to the grassy slope behind the bleachers, a mere 15 feet below.
Batter pitches to himself.
A strike is an out. Three outs to a side.
A ground ball or a fly ball caught is an out.
A grounder that's not caught is a single.
If a fly ball lands on the running track, it's a double.
If it hits the fenced wall, it's a triple.
And in the seats is a HOME RUN.
BUT WHY WOULD THESE KIDS BREAK INTO A FOOTBALL STADIUM JUST TO PLAY BASEBALL?
…for the sound of the crowd, of course.
Copyright © Yale Schwartz, 2009