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A Simple Answer
By Walt Hardester
Posted: Friday, October 07, 2011
Last edited: Saturday, October 08, 2011
This short story is rated "G" by the Author.
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What you got to do to make it.

I was on Tybee Island, Ga. this spring. It was a beautiful day on the island. As I was walking along the beach, Talking to anyone who would listen, like I always do, I struck up a conversation with a young man who was taking a break from setting up a very large tent for an Arts Festival the next day.
He told me he was working for this party company, hopefully temporarily, while trying to make it into the minor leagues of professional baseball as a pitcher.
I asked him about his fastball and he said it was in the low 90's, a respectable speed. He said he had a decent curve, slider and a couple other pitches, plus he was left handed, something prized in the pros.
I then asked him what seemed to be keeping him out of baseball on the professional level. He told me he wasn't quite able to do what they wanted from a pitcher to make the team.
I had no real idea what it was, with a decent fastball and the other pitches too, that they wanted from him, so I asked.
His answer was simple and to the point,
"Throw strikes".

Imagine that.


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Reviewed by Morgan McFinn 11/17/2011

Funny bit, Walt!
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 10/10/2011
I guess the talent is all in how it's thrown. Nice insight here, Walt.
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 10/9/2011
great answer Mister Hardester!
Reviewed by J Howard 10/9/2011
sometimes the obvious is hidden in simplicity!
Reviewed by Jon Willey 10/8/2011
Walt, succinct with a walloping punch line. No matter the endeavor. Throwing strikes is crucial. I like your story. I was on Tybee last June while on vacation. I bid you love and peace my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/7/2011
LOL Great story, Walt; you hit a grand slam with this one! OUT of the park, baby: OUT OF THE PARK!! Well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Felix Perry 10/7/2011
LOL Yea although not a baseball fan, I think this could be applied to NASCAR and my hero Jimmy Johnson...only with them it is win races.

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