To borrow a phrase: How about that?
Okay, so this bit isn’t earth-shatteringly important, it doesn’t deal with the problems facing our country and the world, and you could easily dismiss it as fluff. But I dare you to readthe following article and not feel a little hopeful about humanity. Go on. I dare you.
PORTLAND, Ore. – 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.
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.
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.
Washington first baseman Mallory Holtman, the career home run leader in
the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, asked the umpire if she and
her teammates could help Tucholsky.
The umpire said there was no rule against it.
Holtman and shortstop Liz Wallace put their arms under Tucholsky’s
legs, and she put her arms over their shoulders. The three headed
around the base paths, stopping to let Tucholsky touch each base with
her good leg.
only thing I remember is that Mallory asked me which leg was the one
that hurt,” Tucholsky said. “I told her it was my right leg and she
said, ‘OK, we’re going to drop you down gently and you need to touch it
with your left leg,’ and I said ‘OK, thank you very much.”‘
“She said, ‘You deserve it, you hit it over the fence,’ and we all kind of just laughed.”
“We started laughing when we touched second base,” Holtman said. “I said, ‘I wonder what this must look like to other people.”‘
didn’t know that she was a senior or that this was her first home run,”
Wallace said Wednesday. “That makes the story more touching than it
was. We just wanted to help her.”
said she and Wallace weren’t thinking about the playoff spot, and
didn’t consider the gesture something others wouldn’t do.
As for Tucholsky, the 5-foot-2 right fielder was focused on her pain.
“I really didn’t say too much. I was trying to breathe,” she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday.
didn’t realize what was going on until I had time to sit down and let
the pain relax a little bit,” she said. “Then I realized the extent of
what I actually did.”
“I hope I would do the same for her in the same situation,” Tucholsky added.
As the trio reached home plate, Tucholsky said, the entire Western Oregon team was in tears.
Central Washington coach Gary Frederick, a 14-year coaching veteran, called the act of sportsmanship “unbelievable.”
For Western Oregon coach Pam Knox, the gesture resolved the dilemma Tucholsky’s injury presented.
“She was going to kill me if we sub and take
(the home run) away. But at the same time I was concerned for her. I
didn’t know what to do,” Knox said.
injury is a possible torn ligament that will sideline her for the rest
of the season, and she plans to graduate in the spring with a degree in
business. Her home run sent Western Oregon to a 4-2 victory, ending
Central Washington’s chances of winning the conference and advancing to
the end, it is not about winning and losing so much,” Holtman said. “It
was about this girl. She hit it over the fence and was in pain, and she
deserved a home run.”
How about that? I got nothin’ else to say. What’s that? Tears? No, really. I’ve just go something in my eye. Shut up!