It's a moment you dream about: Your team is trailing in the bottom of the ninth. There are two outs. And there you stride to the plate -- it's all up to you. There's nothing you want more in the world than to swing with all your might and connect,
It's a moment you dream about: Your team is trailing in the bottom of the ninth. There are two outs. And there you stride to the plate -- it's all up to you. There's nothing you want more in the world than to swing with all your might and connect, sending the ball soaring deep into the night and delivering a victory for your teammates.
When it happens in a big league game, it's exhilarating. But I think this one might be better.
Alexis Rangel of the Arizona Miracle League, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing baseball for children, teens and adults with disabilities or special health care needs, had the competitive debut of a lifetime. Though the moment didn't happen recently, it found renewed life online when it was shared by the league -- even getting a breakdown from Jomboy, a popular baseball YouTuber who usually does detail-by-detail analysis of Yankees games.
Trailing 19-17, Rangel stepped to the plate with two on and two out. He got his pitch and belted it -- high and deep, way back and gone! -- to give his team the victory.
Even better were all those ready to support Rangel as he rounded the bases, stopping to collect high fives at first, third, and home plate. It was a reminder that baseball is fun, and that baseball is a sport truly for everyone.
Michael Clair writes for MLB.com. He spends a lot of time thinking about walk-up music and believes stirrup socks are an integral part of every formal outfit.