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Baseball--pitcher vs batter

An unprecedented event unfolded during the ninth inning of a Minor League baseball game in New York on June 19, 2008.  Pat Venditte was making his professional debut with the Class-A Staten Island Yankees just two weeks after being drafted by the New York Yankees in the 20th round.  He was pitching to close out the game after striking out two batters and giving up a single. The Brooklyn Cyclones sent switch-hitter Ralph Henriquez to the plate and that's when it got interesting and made national news. 

Since Venditte was pitching left-handed, Henriquez positioned himself to hit right-handed because a batter can see the ball better when a pitcher throws it from the opposite side.  Venditte then put his specially made glove on his left hand and prepared to pitch right-handed since he is ambidextrous (can throw just as well left-handed or right-handed) (His glove has six fingers and two webs so he can wear it on either hand).  This confused Henriquez so he called for time and relocated to the other side of the plate because he too was ambidextrous and can hit just as well either right-handed or left handed.  Venditte then switched his glove again.  Henriquez then called time again and moved to the other side of the plate.  Venditte countered.  This continued again and again for five minutes until Venditte left the pitcher's mound and approached the home plate umpire.   Nothing like this had happened in the history of baseball!

Both managers came out and discussed the matter with the entire umpiring staff.  Since the Major League Baseball rulebook is unclear about such situations, it was agreed that both the pitcher and hitter could change sides one time per at-bat, and the batter must declare first.  Henriquez chose to bat right-handed so Venditte opted to pitch right-handed and struck him out on four pitches. Henriquez slammed his bat down in frustration and Venditte's Staten Island Yankees walked away with a 7-2 win. 

(Beaumont Enterprise, 6/21/2008) as cited in IN OTHER WORDS, July 2008, Issue 3.

POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS—SOVEREIGNTY, ROM 8:28, SPIRITUAL WARFARE  As crazy as this sounds, it is similar to what takes place in spiritual warfare.  Satan and his evil demons seek to take advantage of every pitch, but God gets the final say  Lots of bad things happen, but God has final pitch to win the game. (Kent Crockett)

Great Quotes about Football

"If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password,

"Roll, tide, roll!" Bear Bryant / Alabama

"A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall."   Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

"I don't expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation." Bob Devaney / Nebraska


"In Alabama , an atheist is someone who doesn't believe in Bear Bryant."  

Wally Butts / Georgia

"It's kind of hard to rally around a math class."  Bear Bryant / Alabama

"I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game."  Bear Bryant / Alabama


"Lads,you're not to miss practice unless your parents died or you died."

Frank Leahy / Notre Dame


"I could have been a Rhodes Scholar, except for my grades."

Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State


"Always remember ..... Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David."

 Shug Jordan / Auburn


"Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel."

Bobby Bowden / Florida State


"Football is not a contact sport - it is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport."

Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State


After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his postgame message to his team:

"All those who need showers, take them."  John McKay / USC


"If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education."

Murray Warmath / Minnesota


"Oh, we played about like three tons of buzzard puke this afternoon."

Spike Dykes / Texas Tech


"We didn't tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking."

Wilson Matthews / Little Rock Central High School