White’s Stunning Return Shows His Toughness
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — When Brandon White crashed into the centerfield wall at Monongalia County Ballpark in the first inning of Saturday’s loss to Duke, the last thing on anyone’s mind was that he would return to the game.
The fleet centerfielder, in pursuit of a deep drive, lay motionless for several minutes after contacting the wall awkwardly with the side of his head and shoulder, and the hope was simply to see him move, as fears of the worst kind filtered through the minds of everyone in the stands. However, after a those long minutes, he sat up, then stood, then walked over to his brother, who was waiting alongside his parents and a cart that had seemed destined to take him from the field. He called for a baseball, made a couple of throws and remained in the game.
“Something in my head told me I was good to go, so I got up and was ready,” said White, a man of few words but great action on the field.
His family was in full support of the decision.
“The said, ‘Let’s go, it’s showtime. They knew I was ready to go.”
Still, it wasn’t over. White got treatement in the dugout in succeeding innings with a portable massage unit being just one of those featured, and there’s no doubt he was still feeling a lot of effects from the crash. Again, though, he rose to the occasion.
Fielding a single two innings later, he fired a strike to the plate, where Ivan Gonzalez made a mice catch and acrobatic tag to get Duke runner Michael Rothenberg. In seemingly the only video review that went WVU’s way, the crew in Pittsburgh upheld the orignal out call.
“I was feeling ok then and I just wanted to make the throw,” said White, who up until that point hadn’t fully tested his arm.
As for today’s games, White has to still be feeling the effects, but there’s no doubt as to what his intentions are.
“I’m feeling good and ready to play tomorrow. We had a good chat in the locker room and I think we are ready to go.”