Thursday, May 01, 2008

Sportsmanship is Alive and Well

It is very refreshing to read a news article that shows our kids in a positive light. These kind of stories just don't seem to be deemed newsworthy by the folks that make those decisions. That could be a good thing, it could mean that the wonderful actions of our youth are much to common to rate news space.

This story by Joseph B. Frazier rated the space. .

PORTLAND, Ore. -- With two runners on base and a strike against her, Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon University uncorked her best swing and did something she had never done, in high school or college. Her first home run cleared the center-field fence.

But it appeared to be the shortest of dreams come true when she missed first base, started back to tag it and collapsed with a knee injury.

She crawled back to first but could do no more. The first-base coach said she would be called out if her teammates tried to help her. Or, the umpire said, a pinch runner could be called in, and the homer would count as a single.

Then, members of the Central Washington University softball team stunned spectators by carrying Tucholsky around the bases Saturday so the three-run homer would count -- an act that contributed to their own elimination from the playoffs.
You really should go and read the whole thing.

1 comment:

JT said...

Very cool story - it was featured on Sportscenter Wednesday and it won the viewer's vote award for "image of the week" (the shot of two CWU players carrying the injured WOU player between them). Having suffered the same injury at the same age (though mine was on a basketball court), I can attest to the blinding pain that comes with putting any weight on the leg at all.