For the Washington Nationals, Thursday contained a baseball game, like most days do in the interminable slog of a 162-game season. They happened to lose this game, which is unfortunate for them, but is merely a drop in the bucket. They’ll lose more. The starting pitcher that day, Doug Fister, was surely reminded of just how trivial it all is when he lost his wedding ring throwing a pitch. Losing the symbol of one of the few things in his life more important to him (and more monotonous — heyoooo!) than baseball must have put the fear of God in Fister. Good thing he’s a lucky son-of-a-gun.
Doug was fortunate on three counts here: 1) He noticed the ring falling off immediately, no sure thing, 2) He struck out the batter, Evan Longoria, so he could search right away without worrying about a ball in play, and 3) He managed to find it in the dirt quickly, meaning he didn’t have enough time to have a full nervous breakdown like many of us would. Good find, Doug.