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Discussion: God Just Got a Great Leadoff Hitter

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Dec. 3, 2018
Men's 70
516 posts
God Just Got a Great Leadoff Hitter
We have lost our leadoff hitter and friend and my warm-up partner. Johnny Haney died from a heart attack Saturday at his home in North Little Rock, AR. Our team had evolved over the years as we aged and went through multiple sponsors (Central Arkansas Seniors, Teeters, Crackerbox, Bank of Rison, and, most recently, Boyd Metals 70ís). The one constant was Johnny at the top of our batting order. He was the consumate leadoff hitter. A left-handed batter, he could dink the ball to left field, hit line drives to all fields, and, when the outfield tried to cheat in to stop him, he could bow-up and burn them. He was a little over-weight and, in recent years, his knees had limited him to a designated hitter role, but more than one shortstop learned to his dismay that Johnny could motor down the line. It was almost as if he willed himself to get there faster. Frequently the opposition would shake their heads when Johnny displayed surprising speed to first base only to be lifted for a pinch runner because of his knees.

Johnny loved the game and no one played it with more passion. If there was a game to be played, Johnny wanted to play it, whether it was 100+ degrees or we had been sitting in the hotel two days watching the rain, he was ready if there was a possibility of a game.

If they play softball in heaven, and what kind of place will it be if they donít, God just got himself a great leadoff hitter. I hope when we meet again, Iím good enough to be on Johnnyís team once more.

I hope theyíre playing two up there today. Rest in Peace, Johnny.
Dec. 3, 2018
53 posts
@TexasTransplant, Sorry to hear about your friend. We here in S.Ga. know it's a sad time such as this for we have also been through it. Stay strong and cherish the memories.
Dec. 3, 2018
Men's 70
3192 posts
Sad news, my condolences.
Dec. 3, 2018
Men's 75
524 posts
Johnny was a great man and a really great teammate. I enjoyed playing with Johnny and you.
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