What are the odds?

Tom and I are partial-season ticket holders for the Nationals. Last night’s game against the Phillies is one of the games in our package, but Tom was unable to go. A friend of mine had planned to go with me, but at the last minute, we decided that we didn’t feel like sitting out in the rain all night. A coworker of mine, Tony, said that he and his roommate Trey would like to go and brave the rain, so gave them our tickets, happy that they weren’t going to waste. We have excellent seats, after all.

Trey arrived at our office shortly before it was time to leave, and after some banter about the Virginia Tech hat he was wearing, I lent him my Nats cap for the game. The boys happily set out for the game while my friend and I headed to Luna in Shirlington for some comfort food.

When I arrived at the office this morning, as I passed Tony’s desk, he stopped me to tell me a story.

Tony had agreed to take the tickets and go to the game with Trey knowing that Trey didn’t really have any money to buy baseball tickets, but had told Trey he’d pay for them. The face value of the tickets was a little higher than Tony would ordinarily pay for on the spur of the moment, and even though I didn’t really expect to be paid for them, the guys still felt like they ought to do something.

When they got to the seats at the park, Trey said, “I know! I’ll catch a foul ball for Tiff!”

Right Trey, that’s exactly what you’re going to do. Right.

But when Trey gets an idea, he doesn’t let it go, no matter how unlikely, and he and Tony spent the whole game talking about how it would work- it would have to be a left-handed batter, because a righty wouldn’t hit it to our section. Trey pulled out his cell phone to do the math to figure out how long it would take him to hit the ground if he fell over the railing from the front of the purple seats.

It was at this point that I interrupted Tony’s story- “This story doesn’t end with Trey in the hospital with a skull fracture, right?” “No, just wait for it…”

So at the top of the ninth, with the Nats down 5-1 to the Phillies and the weather still gross, Tony asked Trey if he wanted to leave. Trey wanted to stay, because he hadn’t caught my foul ball yet.

Suddenly the batter cracks one right toward section 426. Tony and Trey’s eyes got wide, and they took off their caps. Trey reached out with the cap… and CAUGHT the ball. In the hat I had lent him.

The hat and the ball were on my desk this morning with a note thanking me for the tickets.


3 Comments so far

  1. Andrew (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 11:15 am

    Great story. I have a similar one. A buddy and I drove up to Memorial Stadium (yes, this is what 18 year olds DC guys did before Camden Yards and RFK). We literally got the last parking spot in the high school across the street (ie no one could leave that lot until we did).

    We ran across 33rd Street and headed straight for the box office. A very kindly middle aged woman caught my eye and said, “how many tickets will you need”? I told her it was just me and my friend. She said, “well, take these”. The folks we were meeting seem to be late, and the game is starting”.

    Se after grabbing our natty Bo’s, we walk down the aisle to the seats (7th row right behind First base…zoinks). Before we even get to the seats, a foul ball lands right in my friends hand. Without missing a beat, in one motion, he swung around the aisle poll, handed the lady the ball and sat down in his seat….

  2. Illusioned (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

    Wow. That’s a great baseball story! Something like A Field of Dreams. Very cool.

  3. dawn (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2006 @ 10:27 am

    I want to marry that boy. Sight unseen. LOVE it!!!

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