Hitting Thousands Of Balls Can Help Fight Cancer

As slow-pitch softball players go, Christian James doesn’t appear to break any stereotypes. He’s around the age of 30, sports a clean goatee, lives in an exurban area, and appears to take the sport way, way too seriously. We don’t know if he enjoys Busch Light, but… we wouldn’t doubt it.

Softball Goatee Man
(We’re just saying, if you wanted to be a slow-pitch softball player for Halloween, this is a good starting point.)

For what’s believed to be the very first time in recorded history*, however, James has decided to use the power of slow-pitch softball for a noble cause, setting up a most unusual exhibition in the home of the Chicago Cubs’ AAA affiliate in Des Moines yesterday and today. He decided the best way to combat colo-rectal cancer would be, as the DES MOINES REGISTER reports, to hit softballs. For 24 hours. 5000 times. Yeah.  Read more…

Goodbye, Old Busch Stadium, Hello, Softball Field!

As part of the joy and festivities surrounding the opening of the St. Louis Cardinals’ new stadium a few years ago, Bud Selig and MLB granted them the privilege of hosting the All-Star Game this season. Seems natural, seems fair. There’s one tiny problem, and that is that there’s absolutely nothing on the site of their old ballpark, Busch Memorial Stadium, right next door.

Softball Field St. Louis
(This year’s award for excellence in architecture goes to…)

So while it’s probably not feasible to get developers to start and finish construction of an entertainment complex for the fans in six weeks, as JOE SPORTS FAN points out, there’s one thing they do know how to do, and that’s building a softball field on the hallowed old grounds. All across America, overweight men with overexpensive bats just got goose bumps, and they don’t even know why.

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