I played sports growing up,though.
I played baseball,and one time when I was playing,
I'm up to bat;I get walked.
So I go,I take my base,
I get to first base,I turn, and I look.
The catcher was stillholding the ball.
And, like, he wasn't--you know,
he was staring at me, almostlike he's daring me to run,
like, "Why don't you seeif you can go?
I don't think you can go."
And I was like,"I'm gonna go, all right?"
So I run to second.
He throws it to second,overthrows second base,
goes in the outfield.
I run to third base.
They overthrow third base,
so my coach is, like, losing it,like, telling me to go home.
Like, this is about to bean inside-the-park home run
off a walk.
I'm about to beon SportsCenter, you know?
Like, this is the biggest thingthat's ever happened in sports.
So I go.I slide.
There's a play at the plate,
and then the umpire goes,"It was only ball three."
[laughter and applause]
So I have to now get up.
I'm dirty,for no reason, apparently.
I'm out of breath.
I got to pick my bat up,exactly where I left it.
It's now three balls,two strikes.
Next pitch,immediately strike out.
Immediately strike out.
The umpire goes,"Now you can go.
Yeah, you're fine."
I did learn something, though,that day.
What I did learn was that
if you're confident, you can getaway with quite a bit, you know?
'Cause why didn't anybodystop me?
No one stopped me.
No one--they knew I wasn'tsupposed to be going.
But I was so confidentabout it that
that's why the catcherwas holding the ball going,
"What? I don't--why's he--
Is he supposedto be doing this?"
And then I run to second;it's like,
"Well, no one's that muchof an idiot.
I guess I wasn'tpaying any attention."
The ball goes in the outfield.
The outfield--they're not looking.
They think it's a hit, you know,for all they know.
And then I guess the umpireat some point realizes it
and is just like--well, it's easier for me
to get all the way back to himto tell me.
At least let me feelwhat it would feel like
to get an inside-the-parkhome run off a walk.
I was thinking about, too,
like, all the parentsin the stands,
'cause, like, they can't hearwhat's going on,
so they're just, like,watching this,
and then I bat again.
Like, they're just like,
"I guess I don'tunderstand baseball.
"I thought I knew--
"It's just--baseball's changedsince I was a kid.
"Used to--you go aroundlike that, you're done.
"You don't have to getback up there.
I don't likethese new rules."