John M. Meehan
Word had spread that John Meehan
had challenged Scott to a pitching duel, and not wanting to miss this bout between staff and a member, a crowd began to gather.
was tossing his warm up pitches, Scott and the rest of the staff were all smiling and enjoying the speed (or lack of it) which was being produced during these pitches.
threw in his first offering, Scott swung (ready to end the whole thing) and fouled it off to the left.
Surviving the first pitch, John
got the ball back and prepared for his
second.The next two balls were outside and the count was now 2-1.Knowing he
had little room for error against Scott, John
dug in and hurled what would be his
fastest pitch of the afternoon and got Scott to once again foul it off.More nervous now than performing in front of thousands of people with his
contemplated the situation and what he
should do next.Although he
had done some pitching in Little League
only had one pitch with any movement on it, and even then it usually didn't work.Realizing he
still had two bad pitches left in the count, he
decided to go for it and throw his
Scott was ready for the pitch as John
went into his wind-up and released the ball.
, the clear cut underdog, had prevailed! Later, during the same dinner break, John was getting a well deserved rub down on his right arm from his father (DCI Hall of Fame member Jack Meehan) when a crumpled up $5 bill was thrown at him.