If you’re under the impression that kickball is just an elementary school pastime, this video may change your mind. See 0:40 for the lead up to the play.
During 8th-inning overtime (official kickball games are 7 innings, or up to 55 minutes), extreme kickball player Ricky Laforge lands an incredible victory for his team, the New York Shower Hammers, by diving into a somersault to home plate. He manages to dodge the ball thrown in from the field, and safely grab the plate to score.
I saw this thing a couple of days ago, and I'm so conflicted by the whole scene. Who knew there was adult kickball leagues? Who knew there was adult coed kickball leagues? Who knew there was an "extreme" coed kickball league where people actually cared about the results? I don't know if it is silly or fun.
But ol' Ricky might want to bring it down a notch. Thinking he must be the second coming of Bo Jackson, he is now selling t-shirts at rickyflies.com to commemorate his play. And I'm a little suspicious of his claim that a "portion of the proceeds will be donated to the US Military Endowment." Define "portion" for me there, flyboy.
Side note: What's the rule in kickball? Obviously, little Ricky would be out if he was hit by the thrown ball while heading for home. But in the earlier portion of the video it looks like the runners on base would only be out if tagged out or forced out. Why not just bean the guy who almost got caught in the rundown between second and third.
at 10:04 AM