Hop around bases by York's Smith an example of what's right

September 27, 2014|The Baltimore Sun

For all that’s gone wrong lately in sports, there’s Sean Smith.

The outfielder for the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League has played in the minor leagues for 14 seasons. He’s 32. He’ll likely never play in the major leagues. But on Friday night he became an Internet sensation.

Smith hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning of the Revolution’s playoff game against Sugar Land, but as he hit first base he slipped, tearing his right ACL, according to reports.

Instead of asking for a pinch-runner, Smith got up and rounded the bases by hopping on his left leg. His teammates were waiting at home plate and carried him off the field. Smith's determination was inspiring.

York won the game in 10 innings, 3-2, but could not have done it without Smith’s game-tying home run.

"That was one of the most emotional things I have ever seen in a game," Revolution manager Mark Mason told the York Daily Record.

And it’s one of the reasons that sports still matter.

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