Louie Verrechio, whose quiet entry into the major leagues has been met with by fans with increasing fervor this season, came to the plate with LaVoris on the mound, grinning defiantly.
The first pitch was wild, then the second nearly beaned Louie as he managed to duck out of the way at the last possible instant. But, rather than charge the still-smirking hurler, Louie just smiled back and waited for the 2 and 0 pitch.
Then it came. A screaming inside curve, clocked at 90 mph.
Louie turned on it with his natural, some say supernatural, athletic grace, pulverizing it….
The ball, or at least what was left of it, was last seen clearing the roof of the stadium at an estimated 175 mph and was still climbing when the network announcers phoned the local Air Force Reserve base to request a chase plane be launched to track it and determine where it would land, eventually.
Nicely, nicely played, Louie!