All Washed Up

Poor Legend Mark Grace, he has been getting a lot of grief not only for the number of losses he has endured but also for the way he is losing. It seems as though everyone has a theory as to why Grace has been winless in his first 29 races.

Some have pointed to his lack of training while others complain that he is unfocused in his approach to the race. Still others wonder whether Grace is able to compete physiologically. Perhaps all of these losses are hereditary. Maybe being slow is in his genes.

I guess that is possible. I have seen him grab his waistband on several occasions so maybe Grace is having a problem with his jeans.

I don’t think all of this losing is within Grace’s control. It is as though the entire universe is ganging up on poor Gracie. Whether it was Manny Ramirez throwing towels, Darth Vader’s mind control, or the evil kung fu panda, it’s always something.

Today was just the latest in what has become a long line of forces acting to keep our hero winless. As Grace raced down the line towards home plate he went past the Colorado Rockies dugout.

From the steps Rockies first baseman Todd Helton threw water onto Grace interrupting what little concentration he had. That brief disruptions was enough to drop Grace from contention and he finished last yet again.

The actions of Helton went unnoticed by much of the crowd but the real Mark Grace did get in a little dig when he held up a sign in the television booth that simply stated, “I’m even slower than Todd Helton”.

The sign was a big hit with the fans and an even bigger hit with the Rockies players who were giving Helton the business. Helton was a great sport pointing to the booth and giving Grace a thumbs-up.

While it was fun to watch it is still depressing to note that Grace has stretched his losing streak to 0-30. Perhaps a week off will get Legend Grace back on track and he will win the next race on August 30th.


About Jeff Summers

Just a guy from Section 132 Row 9 Seat 9 trying to understand the metaphysics of baseball and whether the knuckleball defies Newton's first law of motion.
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