Softball: What A Game - Leon Speroff
Our game at Delta Park in June had just ended, and I was standing near home plate after our high-five ceremony. I heard someone shouting my name. It was Red Hangland, standing behind the backstop fence, along with Carlo (Mouse) Fazzolari, Joe Snook, and Jerry Grover. I walked over to the fence, and Red said, “We want you to play with us in St. George.” I said, “I’m not sure I’m good enough.” All four of them started talking, encouraging me, reassuring me that I was good enough. Red explained that his team, sponsored by Oregon City Sports, would be playing in the 80+ division, and he urged me to join them. I thanked him and said I would think about it. My fear was that I would not perform well under the spotlight, and I would let the team and myself down.
My strategy for the last five years has been to stay in shape, faithfully attend batting practice in the winter, and most of all, to stay healthy. I figured that ...