Five years ago today (Friday, August 21), a 12-year-old boy stood on a pitcher’s mound in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in front of 30,000-plus fans (mostly cheering for the other team) and surrendered what was essentially a meaningless grand slam in a blow-out loss. And in so doing, he managed to capture the attention of the nation.
His team was already losing 14-0 in the third inning. When you’re down that much, what’re four more runs after all? And by the way, this wasn’t just any home run, but rather an absolute bomb.
Here’s the thing: The pitcher didn’t mope or pout or throw a temper-tantrum or hide his face in his glove in embarrassment. In fact, his response was the complete opposite side of the spectrum. Not only did he not cry, but he celebrated; he reveled in the moon shot sailing over his head.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mekhi Garrard