Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/03/11 at 06:38 AM ET
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
The third baseman had been smoking a cigarette, the third base coach sipping a can of Keystone Light, when the crack of a bat sent a ball hurtling somewhere overhead and into the late-night dark.
Out of the left-field shadows popped Steven Stamkos, the NHL all-star, tracking the drive against the inky summer sky.
He broke quickly, sprinted hard, leaped high, and opened his glove to catch the slicing liner.
“He’s pretty good, huh?” said someone in the darkness.
Yes, said a fellow witness, he’s pretty darn good.
This was the scene at Centennial Park in Markham this week, when Stamkos, the video-game cover boy for the Tampa Bay Lightning, made one of his occasional appearances as an outfielder for the Green Beys, a team in the Markham Four-Pitch Hardball League.
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