I’ll always remember stepping into the batter’s box against Rollie Fingers.
My girls will always remember meeting Sox the Fox for the first time.
The community, hopefully, will remember some good that came of the night.
Last year was my first opportunity to play in the Heroes Classic, a charity softball game hosted by the Sky Sox that is now entering its third year.
I felt a little funny and unworthy as one of several media representatives taking the field with so many sports “heroes,” guys like Fingers, Dave Henderson, Jim Tracy and Vinny Castilla; along with actual heroes like local firefighters and policemen. But when you’re asked to participate in something like this that can bring some good to the community and give you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play alongside guys who had previously existed in real life only as photos on baseball cards… well, you don’t turn it down.
I’ve been asked to play again, and just like last year, I jumped at the chance. The game starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Security Service Field. Fingers won’t be back (I think I scared him away with a groundout to third that was struck with some authority), but in his place will be Brooks Robinson, Darrell Evans and Lee Smith – to name a few.
All of the players will be signing autographs and the special police and fire jerseys will be auctioned after the game.
There will also be postgame fireworks.
Money raised this year will go to the Wounded Warrior Project as well as Colorado Springs Fire Protective Association and the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs.
I would expect this year’s game to be much like it was last year, a fun, personal setting to celebrate our community, raise some money and watch some stars of yesteryear once again put on a jersey and glove.
The atmosphere the Sky Sox create is one that makes you forget you’re raising funds for worthy causes and more like you’re just enjoying a unique and memorable night at the ballpark.
If you like baseball, Colorado Springs and the idea of doing something worthwhile and charitable with your Saturday night, you really should think about attending.
I’ll be bringing my family again, though the more she sees me play it’s going to be increasingly difficult to convince my wife that I actually was a decent ballplayer in high school.
I’m excited and a little nervous to see what will transpire on the field for me this time around. The good news is that no matter how much I might embarrass myself next to some former baseball greats, my three little girls will be so excited that their daddy was on the same field once again as Sox the Fox.