Eleven seconds?!? What happened to 15 minutes?
I almost missed it, too. I was texting with my daughter, Rachel, who was setting up to take the pictures you see here, while the group of first-pitch throwers went to line up on the field. Fortunately, a helpful member of the Thunders’ staff (thanks, Jeremy) was able to get me to the field on time.
I was third in order, behind another middle-aged guy and a little kid. I’m pleased to say, I didn’t bounce the pitch (although I was a bit disappointed we didn’t have a choice in from where to throw.
So here’s the 11-second video. I suggest you make it “full-screen.” You will notice the catcher didn’t have to move out of his crouch. Just sayin’
You gotta love minor league games. They’re much more intimate and its almost like one big happy family. The marketing department is always looking to keep fans engaged and entertained. During this game they paid tribute to one season ticket-holder, a 97-year-old women, ken ahora. (For the uninitiated out there, that’s not her name, that’s Hebrew for “all should be well” or something like that.)
By the way, the Thunder won the game, 2-1. They’d been trailing the Curve, 1-0, through six, but Thunder right fielder Zoilo Almonte led off the bottom of the seventh with a home run and right fielder Melky Mesa scored on a rare sacrifice fly/double play off the bat of catcher J.R. Murphy. Unfortunately pitcher Jeremy Bleich, the lone Jew on the Thunder, had recently been sent down to the single-A Staten island Yankees as he recovers from an injury.