ON PIRATE SPORTS
From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
By Brian Bailey
The legend of Drew continues
The first ever Drew
Steele-Skip Holtz Golf Classic was
a smashing success. The final numbers
are still being tabulated, but the tournament raised somewhere in the
neighborhood of $165,000 for special populations in Pitt County.
“It was amazing,” said Mike
Steele, the former Pirate basketball coach who is now better known as Drew’s
Dad. “The entire community came together for a great cause. It was
fantastic, and we’re going to make it even bigger and better in the future.”
I caught Coach Holtz during
one of the several football camps that East Carolina is hosting this summer.
“It was a lot of fun,” Holtz
said. “And we really didn’t have that long to work on it. I want to thank
everyone that came together for the tournament.”
Last month, I wrote about my
involvement with the Challenger Little League program in Greenville in
conjunction with the first ever Steele-Holtz Golf Classic.
As I told you last month, Drew
Steele is my first base coach with the Cubs. Drew “aged out” of the league
as far as playing goes, but he was a great leader as a coach.
After our next to the last
game Drew wanted to take some batting practice before the next game started.
He hit a few, missed a few, but had a good time.
I told Drew that I would let
him hit for us in the last game, as a reward for such a great coaching job.
Our last game came and Drew
showed up 20 minutes early to take a few cuts. He missed more then he hit,
basically because he was “stepping in the bucket”, baseball talk for
stepping more towards the foul pole then the pitcher.
In his first at bat, Drew
missed a couple and then hit a soft liner for a base hit. He was beaming
with a big smile.
It was his last at bat that
will become legendary. Drew strolled to the plate, took is bat, and pointed
to right field. Drew looked just like the Babe.
The first pitch came in and
Drew unloaded. He hit a blast to right field. I don’t think the ball ever
came down. It was almost like something from the move “The Natural”, with
Drew as Robert Redford. He jogged around the bases, grinning from ear to
It was the last hit of our
season, but one I’ll never forget.
I can tell you this. Drew and
that Challenger team did more for me this spring then I could ever hope to
do for them.
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