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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

May 28, 2012 at 7:53 PM

If only I could sketch the ‘thwack’

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Sketched May 6, 2012
Every time I go to Safeco Field my appreciation for baseball and what the players do goes up a notch. You could say I’m making up for all those years when baseball didn’t even register with me, having grown up in soccer-crazy Spain.
A few weeks ago, I went to see the Mariners on a Little League Day, when kids and their families are allowed to walk around the field before the game starts. That was a highlight for me and my family, but not the only one.
Before the game, we found an empty spot on the railing by the bullpen and watched pitchers warming up just a few feet away. From TV, I knew that pitchers can throw the ball more than 90 miles per hour, but getting this close really gives you a sense of their strength. Up close, the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand in a blur, and before you know it, lands in the catcher’s mitt with a loud ‘thwack’ that sounds like nothing else I’ve ever heard.
I think it was just meant to be that I sketched Kevin Millwood. He’s been making headlines for his strong starts recently. And just yesterday, at another Little League Day at Safeco, Millwood made my son’s day by autographing a ball for him.

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