Tuesday, May 20, 2008
This is Sports the Way it Should be Played
What happens when you hit a home run, but you injure yourself and cannot complete your run around the bases? The rules say that your teammates can't help you. Is there a way that you can make it home? Yes.
I hope that something like the incident below would happen in professional sports, but I don't know if it would (it would probably be more like the picture at the top of this article). Even high school sports are probably too competitive. I tend to think that male athletes would have a hard time being this sportsmanlike, but I hope I'm wrong. There are even some parents in little league sports that act like the picture above instead of the video below.
The following incident happened between two college women's softball teams and epitomizes the essence of genuine competition.
Take a look.
It would have been Sara Tucholsky's only home run of her college career. But as she rounded first base, she tore her anterior cruciate ligament, and was unable to continue around the bases. She had to make it home, but the rules said that her teammates couldn't help her. The outcome of the game could have been different if she didn't make it home. But the members of the other team felt that fairness was more important than winning.
The story reminds all of us that the next time we want to win so badly that something is much more important than winning--fair play.