"I won't hit
one if they keep pitching me low and outside," he said matter-of-factly.
"I'll have to keep hitting them up the middle." The Brewers did
continue to throw low and outside. Hendrick slapped two singles, one to left
center-field and one to right, in Game 6 and knocked in the winning run in Game
7 on a sharp single to right center.
bags and bats and an autographed newspaper article on Hendrick, we made our way
up the stairs. My mind raced. We could turn right at the main corridor and walk
out the stadium door. I knew it was likely we would not find our way back in
for the game. Because we had no tickets, that would be the honest thing to do.
Or we could turn left and illegally enter the area behind the box seats. Though
we would not have a place to sit, we'd be inside the stadium and could watch
the game in the standing-room-only area.
What should be
done in front of the impressionable youngsters? Well, there is a time to be
honorable and to do what is right in the eyes of the law. But, there is also a
time to get into the World Series any way you can.
I jerked Kenny by
the arm and he grabbed Jason, who nabbed Jared, and we hustled through the
double doors into the box-seat area. During Game Six of the 1982 Series, a
bedraggled group of four, carrying duffel bags filled with World Series
souvenirs and two George Hendrick Model Louisville Sluggers, wandered from
section to section, avoiding ushers and ticket-checkers.
Hendrick was at bat, five times in all, there came, from a different location
in the stadium, an extra chorus of wildly enthusiastic screaming—first from
behind home plate, later, in the third inning, from somewhere down the
leftfield line, and still later, in the seventh, from just above the Stadium
Club. Best left turn of my life.