BC: 5 stars! An absolute must read! -Chuck Long, LA Tribune | Never heard anything like it. Sit back, relax, and enjoy! -NY Daily News
FC: Boys of Summer | By George Smith
1: Dedicated To: My Brother, Ryan My Dad For leading me through a life of baseball
2: It's June and Scotty's team, the Tigers, are in 2nd Place. Again. Jimmy, Scotty's arch enemy, and his team, the Lions, are in 1st. Again.
3: Scotty has never been the best. He's never been the MVP, the one talked about. But since the first game of long season, he's been the best hitter in the league. He doesn't hit all the home runs, but his batting average is through the roof.
5: The Tigers need 1 more win to make the playoffs as the second place team. Scotty is playing center field when....THUD! The sound of a fly ball hitting a glove is heard, then the voices of many are cheering. They've officially made the playoffs.
6: It's two days until the first round of the playoffs. Scotty is nervous but keeps himself under control. He wants nothing more than to beat Jimmy and the Lions, the team that always seems to whoop them.
9: The first round ends with the Tigers winning 4-2, which sends them to the semifinals, one game away from the championship.
10: With the championship in their sights, Scotty's team falls behind 4-3 in the semifinal game. There's only one more inning to go, and one of the best pitchers in the league is on the mound.
13: But in the last inning, they win! They're going to the championship! Scotty is filled with nervousness to go see who they'll be facing.
14: Lions vs Tigers. Scotty vs Jimmy. | Lions | v
15: So, Scotty, nervous but excited, is ready to go. | s. | Tigers
16: The sun is shining. It's a great day for baseball. Parents are pulling into the parking lot, getting ready for the big game. On one side of the field, its a sea of orange. The other side, a sea of blue.
17: The starting pitcher for the Tigers is Scotty's friend, John. The starting pitcher for the Lions is Scotty's nemesis, Jimmy. The Tigers bat first and the first pitch is thrown. ZOOM! A hard fastball. Jimmy hits Scotty in the head! He appears to be ok, but parents and coaches and players really don't like it.
18: The first 4 innings go by. The Tigers have yet to even touch first base. The Lions on the other hand......
19: SLAM! THUD! PING! BANG! The Lions score 8 runs in the first 4 innings. The championship is appearing to be in the hands of the Lions.
20: But, Scotty, determined nnd willing, starts a rally with a long-hit double. BOOM, BANG, SLAM, THUD, PING, PANG, SLAP, THWOOP. Just like that, its 8-8. Scotty steps up for his second at bat of the inning when...
21: Scotty hits a screamer right back to the mound, hitting Jimmy in the head and sending him to the ground. Scotty, who had just started running, stopped, and ran out to tend to Jimmy. A true sign of class and sportsmanship. Jimmy was okay, and since Scotty ran out to the mound, counts as an out. The rally ends. The game is tied, 8-8.
22: So like that, the inning ends. Its now the 6th inning and Scotty goes in to pitch. Its a whole new game.
23: 6 up, 6 down. The 6th Inning ends. The game now goes into the final inning. The Tigers will bat first, and the Lions will have their last chance at winning.
24: "Strrrrrrike three!" John goes down. Then, Chip goes down. Finally, Ryan goes down. The game goes to the bottom of the seventh. Scotty is on the mound and Jimmy is leading off.
25: "Er!" Scotty groans after throwing the first pitch. Strike one. And when he throws the second pitch the season ends....
26: Bang! "Fly ball, deep left, Chip goes back, back, back, he's under it..." ,everyone is staring, hoping, and praying, "and....its gone! Homerun! Lions win! Lions win! Jimmy sends the team to their second straight championship! Wow!" the announcer says.
28: Jimmy looks at Scotty after he rounds third, and they smile at each other. They line up to shake hands, and at the same time, both say, "good game".
29: "Hey, do you wanna hangout this weekend?", Jimmy said. "Sure, I'd like that.", says Scotty.