Guess what happened at the Blue Jays game today? Loopy and I were settled in nicely, with hotdogs, ice cream, popcorn, soda, candy apples and nachos. No word of a lie. We don't mess around at the ballpark. We were sitting not too far back on the third base line, with Dear Veto at our side.
I explained to Loopy that in seats this close, you have to pay close attention to the ball when it is in play because a stray foul ball could really be dangerous. The ladies sitting behind us agreed and we all decided that we'd like the balls to continue flying into the upper deck, away from our teeth, our eyes and our noses.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Loopy asked how fast the ball was traveling. I showed her the radar gun and the speed display. The ball was averaging anywhere between 85 and 95 mph and just when she asked me what I thought the record was for the speed of a baseball...
The ball came right off the end of the bat, with a nasty curve and headed straight for us! My first instinct was to push Loopy away, and I did. She covered her face, Veto tried to deter the stray ball, but it was too late at that speed. It landed squarely on my ribcage.
Veto asked me if I was alright, everyone around us seemed stunned for a minute (not the least of whom I) and the ushers came running to our seats. I looked Veto squarely in the eye and said, "I'm fine. I think we're on TV right now". Whatever possessed me to say that?
Yes, it hurt. It hit me pretty hard, I had an instant red mark the same size as the ball that was planted safely in my lap. I'm going to have a dark black bruise the size of, well, a baseball. There was a crowd of 28,576 at today's game... what do you think of those odds?