There is just something magical and poetic about the sport of baseball.
Ask Carleton Fisk of the Boston Red Sox, whose 1975 home run in Game 6 of the World Series was waved fair by the frantic batter looking to keep his team’s championship hopes alive.
Ask Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees, whose 2003 home run off a fluttering knuckle ball by Tim Wakefield went down in history within an organization that has had many such moments.
You could even ask Roy Hobbs of the New York Knights, whose mammoth blast into the light stanchion is a big part of baseball and Hollywood history … if it wasn’t for the fact that Hobbs was a fictional character, that is.
Definitely ask Greens Farms Academy senior baseball captain Mark Roszkowski.
He has a magical and poetic story of his own.
Roszkowski is a GFA lifer. He showed up in the fall of 2009 as a kindergarten student and 12 years later, on a sun-splashed Tuesday afternoon, Roszkowski stood at GFA’s home plate for the final time in his career.
Two runners were on base when Roszkowski swung at a pitch, sending a long blast to left-center field where the ball cleared the fence for a 3-run home run that sparked GFA’s 14-4 win over Christian Heritage.
Last home game. Last at-bat. A home run.
“I thought it was a good conclusion to my baseball career at Greens Farms Academy,” said Roszkowski, who has been a five-year member of the baseball team at GFA. “It was just a culmination of a lot of hard work that I’ve put into the game and it was definitely a nice way to end it.”
As Roszkowski circled the bases, though, one thought was stuck in his mind.
“Actually, I thought [GFA Coach Pat Vigilio] might have told me to take the pitch,” Roszkowski admitted. “But I came around third base, got a fist bump from him and saw everybody waiting for me at home plate. It was a great ending.”
Roszkowski had already made a big difference in the game, taking to the pitcher’s mound in the fourth inning with GFA leading 5-4.
A sixth-inning rally helped the Dragons clinch the game, giving Roszkowski a save in addition to his poetic blast.
“It was great. It was surreal for him,” Vigilio said. “To get a save and hit a three-run home run to blow the game open, it’s a great moment for Mark.”
Roszkowski is the lone senior on GFA’s baseball roster, and his leadership has been vital through the growing pains of a 3–6 season.
“He’s been helpful throughout the pandemic, pulling the kids together and giving them hope for what the GFA baseball program can be in the future,” Vigilio added.
Roszkowski’s career isn’t over yet.
The Dragons will travel to Stamford on Saturday, facing King in a doubleheader that starts at 11 a.m.
How will his career end on the road?
Stay tuned, but don’t forget how poetic this game can be.