New York Marathon Runners Pitching In

Monday, November 5, 2012

Pitching In: Runners Embrace a Chance to Help Residents Recover, by Juliet Macur and Steve Eder

“Would-be marathon participants volunteered Sunday in the storm-ravaged Cedar Grove section of Staten Island.”  (Picture of runners cleaning up a mess from “Sandy.”)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg canceled the New York City Marathon Friday afternoon (November 2, 2012).  One of thousands of marathoners, Michelle Leichtling, quoted here, helped survivors of Hurricane Sandy on Sunday:  “It does not get more personal than this (as she worked cleaning a bridal album).  I’m glad there was no marathon  This is exactly where we were supposed to be today.”  She was “pitching in.”

The pitching in the headline refers to helping.   We can pitch hay, pitch a story for a movie, pitch any idea, and “pitch in” to help. Baseball season is over until next spring when pitchers again get to pitch a ball to a batter and a catcher.

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