25 Aug

it’s so true

Wondering when was the last time Roy Oswalt took the field at a position other than pitcher? Until he was forced into action in left field for Philadelphia on Tuesday night, he had never done it in pro ball. Surely he didn’t play the field at Holmes Community College. Maybe at Weir High on the field that his father carved out of the woods. Well, Oswalt looked like a natural out there, at least on the one play that he had to make. There’s an old truism in the game about the ball always finding a player trying to hide from it. And it found Oswalt. The first Houston hitter in the top of the 15th inning smacked a fly ball right to him; he caught it cleanly. And then in the bottom of the 16th, with the Phillies down 4-2 and the tying runs on, Oswalt, filling the ejected Ryan Howard’s cleanup spot, came to the plate. He worked the count to 2-2 before grounding to third base to end the game. Only in baseball.

Mike Christensen

Mike Christensen

A long-time sports fan and 30-year newspaper veteran muses on all things baseball in Mississippi. Contact: mwchristens@gmail.com
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