Comedian And MLB Network Contributor Steve Hofstetter Knew He Would Not Be a Baseball Player After Playing A Third Of An Inning

Comedian and MLB Network contributor Steve Hofstetter discussed his new book, "Ginger Kid," and the moment he knew he would never play in the majors

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October 30, 2018 - 11:15 am
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Growing up as a huge baseball fan in New York City, comedian and MLB Network contributor Steve Hofstetter dreamed of one day playing baseball in the Major Leagues. At 13, however, Hofstetter quickly learned that his chances of making it to the professional ranks were pretty much slim to none, so he settled on comedy instead. 

Speaking in studio with Damon Amendolara on CBS Sports Radio, Hofstetter hilariously recounted the moment when he realized that playing baseball wasn’t exactly the most realistic of career goals. 

“It took a third of an inning,” the former middle school pitcher said in studio on The DA Show. “Now, that third of an inning lasted quite some time. By the way, I was the starter. This was not in relief. I have to do the math on this — so eight runs, I think I left two men on-base, one out, so 11 batters.”

Hofstetter’s recollection of specific details from this event is blurred, but he does remember a few things.

“All of those walks and hits kind of blend together, but I do remember that there were a couple of things that stood out,” Hofstetter said. “First of all, four errors from my team. Technically all of the runs were unearned. I had a 0.00 ERA, but that doesn’t matter. They gave up four errors, but at the same time, I still allowed eight runs, so only four of those were really not my fault. Like if someone gives up a bunch of errors and then it’s just like single, single, double, single, single, double — it’s still not doing well.”

Hofstetter’s last pitch that game just exemplified the miserable course of the evening, as he was immediately pulled after hitting his final batter.

“I do remember, though, the last batter, I got pulled after I hit a guy, and I didn’t feel bad about hitting him at all because during the first time through the order — this is how bad it was — he was trash talking me a lot,” Hofstetter recalled. “I didn’t hit him on purpose, but I was so frazzled at that point, I was just throwing my arm off. At that point it was jelly. I had faced so many batters in such a short period of time that I had nothing, so I just tried to throw it through him basically, and then I hit the guy. It was a real rough time.”

Despite this unpleasant experience, Hofstetter still loves baseball to this day, and even looks back at that day with a fond sense of humor.

“Here’s the thing about ‘You can do anything if you set your mind to it’ — that’s garbage,” Hofstetter said. “No, you can’t. I can’t throw more than 62 (MPH). I can set my mind on it. That doesn’t mean suddenly I can throw 90 (MPH)."

Besides, not pursuing baseball allowed Hofstetter to become a comedian – and author. He recently wrote “Ginger Kid,” a young adult nonfiction story based on his life after seventh grade.

Baseball, though, remains a passion. Despite lacking the necessary skills to play in the big leagues, Hofstetter continued to play baseball for a simple, yet admirable reason — because he wanted to.

“I just loved baseball,” he said. “I just always wanted to play.”