JUPITER, Fla.—John Norwood was in right field at high Class A Jupiter last season when, as is his custom, he said hello to the opposing team’s relievers as they warmed up.
In the bullpen was Reds righthander Nick Howard. He and Norwood talked for only a second, but it was their first encounter since June 25, 2014.
That’s when Norwood’s life changed forever.
On a 1-0 pitch from Howard, Norwood turned on a 97 mph fastball and lined a solo homer to left field, breaking an eighth-inning tie in the final game of the College World Series and leading Vanderbilt to a 3-2 win against Virginia.