Friday, May 2, 2008

Softball, Irony, and The Joy of Office Sports

softball 002 On Saturday after our Walk to Stop Hunger (which I’ll have a post on later in the afternoon), a few of us got together for a good old fashioned game of wiffle ball home run derby.

After a few rounds, Shaun (a teller here at MSCU) was up to bat. Hans (who has spearheaded our softball team) was pitching. Hans tossed Shaun a pitch and was promptly hit in the throat by a powerful line drive off Shaun’s bat leaving a sizable red welt on his neck. We all joked that he’d better not do that with a softball at practice!

Fast-forward to last night. Maine State Credit Union’s softball team met for our first practice. We started with a quick game of catch just to warm up, and then set up on the field for a bit of batting practice.

Not a half hour into practice, Shaun was up to bat. We even joked that Hans was safe because he was playing left field, what could possibly go wrong? Paul (our security officer) threw the pitch and Shaun ripped one out to left field. Hans moved in to make the play. The ball caught the top of Hans’s glove and hit him right in the eye. Talk about ironic!softball 006

He ended up requiring a trip to the ER, 5 stitches, and sustained a small fracture on his cheekbone. Hans, being “The Man”, still showed up today for work, though he is sporting a Captain Hook eye patch and a pretty good shiner on his right eye.

Despite the minor hospitalization, we had a blast, got to know each other outside work, and got a bit of fresh air. I'm really looking forward to the start of the season next Thursday.

Moral of the story? You never know when lightning might just strike twice.

P.S. It was Hans who wanted me to post the picture :-P


Anonymous said...

Oh man, and just think, I was going to volunteer to come up there and play on your team, because I just can't resist the idea of bombing a few home runs over the Kennebunk Bankers. Now I'm rethinking this offer entirely. Awesome of Hans to be a trooper and come to work despite the injuries!

Andy said...

haha, you're always welcome to join us for a game Morriss. It would be a pleasure to have you in on a bit of ball-diamond bankerspanking :). Hans is a trooper for sure. Total freak accident and he has to miss the first game. Its a bummer.