The set up: A few weeks back I went to the Indian River County Firefighter’s Fair for a night of bad food and dangerous rides with my friends. You see, after years of working in theme parks I have become jaded by so called “thrill rides.” Disney and Universal work hard to make their rides as safe as can be which, while fun, isn’t really “thrilling.”
Carnival/fair rides have a special charm for me (and some of my fellow theme park employee friends) because there is an actual risk of death when you hop onto one of those things. Risk of dying on an aging and questionably maintained ride = actual thrill.
WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH BASEBALL, you ask? Well, while we were walking around the midway we passed one of those insulting clowns in a dunk tank. My friend Stacy and her boyfriend Miles walked by earlier and, it seems, the clown had annoyed Miles by making some rather ruthless and tasteless comments towards some passing fourteen year old girls.
He decided he wanted a shot at the clown, so I decided to do it too (so he wouldn’t be doing it by himself.)
I blame it on hyperactivity brought on by the fried Oreos I had earlier, but for some reason the clown started to piss me off. My friends know “that look” I get when I get truly annoyed… it’s this focused yet unstrained expression my eyes get. You can’t see it in this video (because it’s from behind) but you can VERY MUCH notice my extended pause to focus in frustration before throwing the ball.
I couldn’t repeat that throw if you paid me, but it was fun to enjoy for the moment.
You can watch the full version here (which includes me hitting the mark and in a lucky throw earlier and thanking Nintendo Wii for the skills.)
Thanks Kaleb for filming this.