Both out of necessity and because it’s really great to be back in the fresh air, the last 22 days have been — and most of the next month will be — spent shooting on the Epsom blacktop, as the photographs above help to illustrate.
That string gets broken tonight at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass., where the Red Sox Single-A affiliate Lowell Spinners have invited us to make a ceremonial first shot, and throw out a ceremonial first pitch, as part of the team’s Military Night.
It’s always a little nervewracking to make one — I have this vision of missing about nine in a row to start — and I’ll be interested to see if I can even throw a baseball 60 feet, 6 inches. The last time I tried my hand at a pitch monitored by one of those speed guns, I threw a very underwhelming, get this, 57 miles per hour (and practically threw my arm out). Remember that, Lee?
As to something that falls more within my bailiwick: Assuming I can sneak one through the hoop tonight in Lowell, it’ll be the 1,500th of July 1st, and 842,507th since we began almost 600 days ago.
Let’s go Spinners!
For more on Hoops For Heroes, with a goal of 1 million made foul shots and $1 million raised for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, visit www.hoopsforheroes.com or contact Dave Cummings at 603-554-7855.