3-Year-Old Kid Told to Run as Fast as He can, But Chooses to Make His Moment Shine

By Chris Jasurek

He is only three but he knows the value of a highlight-reel play.

Lennox Salcedo was poised on third base, itching for a chance to score—and when that chance came, he made the most of it.

Lennox Salcedo ran for the plate just like the big-league ballplayers do on TV—when the camera is turned to super-slow-motion.

The clever toddler realized that this was his moment to shine—he was about to score a run for his team! He made the moment last.

Run, Lennox, run! Lennox Salcedo begins his glacial progress to the plate. (AP screenshot)
Run, Lennox, run! Lennox Salcedo begins his glacial progress to the plate. (AP screenshot)

Despite his coach telling him to run as fast as he could, little Lennox acted out a slow-mo sprint.

He pumped his arms, he drove with his hips, he placed each foot precisely on the base path—taking as much time for each movement as possible.

He could envision the footage appearing on the local news that night, no doubt. Maybe no one told him that slow-motion is done post-production—the players don’t actually move like that in real life.

Or maybe Lennox just didn’t want to take any chances that his epic run to the plate wouldn’t be fully appreciated.

In any case, it took Lennox 30 seconds to cover 30 feet—with the crowd cheering him every inch of the way.

Dad tries to help, but Lennox isn’t having any of it. (AP screenshot)
Dad tries to help, but Lennox isn’t having any of it. (AP screenshot)

When his father, who helps coach the team, tried to help him along, Lennox shrugged him off with obvious impatience.

Lennox wanted to savor the moment.

His cousin, who was standing behind home plate, caught the agonizingly sluggish dash on video—recorded at normal speed of course. Played back in Slo-mo, it would be a still photograph.

The next batter waits patiently as Lennox wends his way home. (AP screenshot)
The next batter waits patiently as Lennox wends his way home. (AP screenshot)

Lennox plays in a league for pre-schoolers, 3 and 4-year-olds who are learning about the rules of baseball and sportsmanship, not competitiveness.

No score is kept, and no one gets too worked up about the game—which is why the rest of the players on the field were content to wait patiently while Lennox acted out his snail-paced performance.

When Lennox finally did reach home, collapsing dramatically atop the plate, everyone was laughing, realizing they had witnessed not only a sportsman’s first moment of glory but also a demonstration of comedic brilliance.

 

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