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Playing ball in Jamestown

August 20, 2008 - John D'Agostino
In early June, I was asked to throw out the first pitch for one of the Babe Ruth World Series games at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Stadium in Jamestown. I agreed, noting my son or daughter may want to take part.

Boy was I wrong. Despite his early enthusiasm, my nearly 8-year-old son — who plays hockey and Little League — turned down the opportunity once we got to the park. That left me to do the job.

After a splendid rendition of the national anthem, it was my turn to throw the first pitch. Once I reached the pitcher’s mound, I felt as though I were in center field. That seemingly short distance between the pitcher and catcher on television was much greater once in person.

The pitch? A little low and the Bryant, Ark., catcher handled it on the bounce.

But after my brief stint on the field, my family decided to stay and watch these young athletes perform. They all played their best and were excellent sports.

The Babe Ruth World Series continues through Saturday in Jamestown. Those who love baseball — or just watching youth sports — should make the trip to the stadium.

Those who volunteer for the event — as well as those who participate — are all winners.


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