A Pitcher’s Strikeout
Just one more strike is needed – just one more. Some call it a strikeout, others a punch out. If it happens, I call it the end of the inning. The ball is gripped for a four-seam fastball. Smitty gives me the signal. I nod, wind up and fire. It felt good out of my hand. My elbow and forearm are at the perfect angle. The batter has a confused look. He doesn’t know what to do! He thinks my pitch will rise, but I know otherwise. The spin and location are perfect. He is frozen. “Strike three!” A glorious sound!