415: The Strikeout

“Strike one!”

Most baseball players are used to getting strikes, but not Miltemore Broden. Miltemore had never gotten a single strike. Not in his entire 23 year career. It didn’t take long for the pitchers to catch on, and Miltemore was walked constantly. Every couple of years some cocky pitcher would try throwing him a fastball, only to watch helplessly as the ball soared out of the stadium.

League officials helplessly tried to figure out Miltemore’s secret, but he never tested positive for steroids so they didn’t know what to do.

But now Miltemore had swung at the ball, and missed.

A hush fell over the stadium. This was uncharted territory.

The pitcher paused, trying to decide if he should push his luck or not.

Another fastball, right down the middle.

Another strike.

The pitcher wound up a third time. Breaking ball down the middle.

Miltemore swung.


Miltemore Broden had struck out. It was the end of an era.

The next day professor Allison Skrede looked out over her advanced robotics class, and shoved her glasses farther up the bridge of her nose.

“Well class, we have work to do.” She said.

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16 thoughts on “415: The Strikeout

  1. Hmmm…”…the mighty Milty had struck out…” Doesn’t have the same ring as Casey did. The programmers need to look at naming protocols, as well. Or was Miltemore Broden an acronym for something?

  2. Miltemore was in good company. For many years, Babe Ruth was known as the King of Strikeouts. He was known for his all or nothing batting style. He led the American League in strikeouts five times and accumulated 1,330 of them in his career. In 2012, 136 players struck out 94 or more times.

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