The Baseball season is here . Which brings thoughts of spring and warm weather renewed hopes and healthy lawns sometimes. It means baseball the smells of the ballpark and that amazingly green carpet. The game has gotten better over the past few years. No talk of steroids time to let that go. The hope of the games future in Bryce Harper and Mike Trout,
I loved the game in the70’s as a kid but it has changed much like the other sports. After thinking about this and always thinking the guys back in the day the Pete Rose’s the Johnny Bench’s , Yaz , Ron Guidry just to name a few. I always that they were the last link to baseballs past. The more I think the more I think we need to let go and embrace the game for what it is today. Sure pitchers don’t go to their arms fall off. At the time there wasn’t much to hitting see it like it rip it. Todays game are full specialist which in my opinion brings more strategy today please the players are far more athletic. The fielding is incredible.
The one thing missing in todays game is the personalities . Mark Fydrch talking to the baseball. Al Hrbosky stopping around the mound. Today it seems like every guy is a robot or has a stock answer to the media. Off course there is a reason because no matter what is said it will taken out of context and twisted. Sure we get snippets once in a while from guys like Dustin Pedroia who is always a breath of fresh year in interview.
The game has evolved so has the player and just watching these guys approach the plate or play the field it usually sparks some excitement. Hitters armed with more information on a pitcher than ever before ditto for pitchers and fielders it’s all good. it’s all helpful but in the end it’s about human performance. Sometimes it’s just will and out thinking your opponent especially when it comes to pitcher vs batter. Sometimes it’s just pure athleticism. I think that’s what makes baseball exciting.
The casual fan doesn’t understand the games with in the game and took me along time to appreciate it that is what makes it exciting. I’m looking forward not only toward the Red Sox but to the game itself. I more of a fan of the game than I ‘m of a team. Do I want my Red Sox to win of course that’s what I grew up with. Looking forward to an exciting season once again.
Baseball season has hit Massachusetts with no snow cover and very mild winter it’s time to get on the field as evidenced by I’m umpiring 4 AAU’s this weekend with snow flurries predicted for Sunday.
Some good stuff with the Kids Lil lanz and Laser will be on the same team for the first time in our SR. Little League which is 13-16 year olds. Laser decided to run track for the spring and play AAU Baseball starting in June although he has been playing baseball in some form or another since last April.
Hockey is still going as well lil lanz played at Endicott College last Saturday what a beautiful campus that is right on the ocean with some really nice facilities. About 8 or 9 years ago I was umpiring an AAU game up at Endicott I was the base guy. I think it was 12 year olds so we were on the softball diamond so they could do 50/70,(50/70is a transition to a regular diamond the pitchers mound is 50 feet from the plate the bases are 70 feet apart compared to little league where it is 46/60t) it’s probably late April or Early May. I remember it was warm I ad a couple young coaches usually former college players or a kid that spent sometime in the low minors. Anyway , school was still in and there is a rock over the leftfield fence where a few of these fine female college students were sunbathing so I noticed the coaches were alternating coaching first so I settle in my spot to start each inning which is behind the first baseman on the foul line. I hear the first coach say hey blue look that one hey look the one in the green bikini. Next inning the other coach comes out starts doing the same thing . I could have called anything these guys wouldn’t have cared. Too be Young again!