The Game Cont….

(See Part 1 from last year here) I sit on the bus plays running through my head. It’s quiet…we’re all thinking about the game. Runner on second line drive to left field….guys gonna try and score…I’m the cut off….catch and throw in one motion. Gotta be a strike to the plate. Stay back….pick up the spin and stay back…keep your elbow up…and keep your weight back…remember that. We arrive at Ferris High School and go through are usual warm up routine. I keep peaking to the spot where she always shows up. Of course the guys don’t see me looking and she’s not here yet…but I know she will be. We take some batting practice. Stay back…keep your weight back. It doesn’t go well. Crap! Quit pulling your head and keep your weight back. I grab my mitt and sprint to the outfield to shag while my teammates get their turn at the plate. As I sprint to my position I look over…she’s not here yet. Hope everything is OK…she’ll be here…she always is. We finish taking infield and head to the dug out. We’re visiting so we’re up first. Another quick look at the line up. I’m batting 5th. I grab my bat and slowly turn it in my hands. Have to stay back…this guy throws a lot of junk…pick it up early and keep your weight back. As the game starts….I see her walking towards the field and a calm comes over me. As usual she’s driven straight from work. She has a green army blanket tucked under one arm and is carrying her folding lawn chair in the other. She has her CV visor on and is bundled up ready for the game. She sets up in her usual spot. I’ve been playing ball on this field for at least 5 years..and always the same spot. Just to the right of the third base dugout and just past third base. She unfolds her chair sits down and wraps herself up in the blanket. She sees me looking and gives me a quick smile. I feel a small grin come across my face. I get up to bat. Stay back….keep your elbow up. As I step into the batter’s box I hear her. “Here you go Jeffers!” The same thing she has said to me every time I’ve stepped into the batters box for as long as...

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