Casey “The Cannon” Carmichael was one pitch away from guaranteeing he would go out of the game a winner and, inevitably, into the Hall of Fame.
Full count against the toughest hitter in the league and his arm was gone. There was only one way to finish this game off.
Calling a time out, he retrieved his spare glove from the dugout before returning to the mound. He wound up and delivered, hoping his timing was right.
It was the first and only time in any umpire’s career he got to call a pitch neither strike nor foul, but “grenade!”
This story was written for the final BlogFlash2012 prompt: Winning.