Don Cherry and Blue
We discuss the ins and outs of baseball more than any other sport. The game is second guessed third guessed and analyzed and quite frankly over analyzed. The game has too many stats many off them don’t mean anything. To me the best stat is the eyeball stat what you are seeing with your on two eyes. I have been around the game at a lot of different levels the eye ball test remains the best. Being around the game a lot you understand the game isn’t only full of stats it’s full of cliches. I friend off mine and his wife recorded all the cliches they heard during their sons baseball season a few years ago which went from April to October playing on several teams. I decided to share some of the classics here .
Let’s go a Little Bingo
Ball four base hit
2 strikes you have to protect
Get your secondary lead.
It;s a dinger
Not you Johnny (of course as umpire it ain’t me either)
see it like it rip it
come on 39 (or whatever players number)
looked Good (It was 20 feet outside)
we got ice (big with high school players)
who got seeds
get good wood on it (even though at the lower levels the bats are made out some composite Material)
get off (you read this anyway you want I’ll leave it to your interpretation)
in and out (2nd baseman and shortstop trying to hold a runner)
Hey Blue (Blue is something people name their dogs )
bend your back (backs really don’t bend)
watch your release point (an 11 year old doesn’t know where his release point is)
Give him a good target (Little League just means get it over the plate)
Gun him down (Not PC enough we can’t mention guns)
Block it like a goalie (The Catcher would but he is 3 feet tall and the pitch hit the plate and bounced over his head)
Don’t make him work that hard (does that mean the catcher has to work harder)
Looked Good (if it looked that good it would have been a strike)
A few from the Umpire perspective
What Game are you watching (The one 10 feet in front of me not a hundred yards away)
He left early (did he really maybe he is just fast)
That’s a Balk (No he stepped off I can barely see the rubber as abase ump 8 feet away how do you see it from the stands)
3-2 (Hey Blue what’s the count again Blue is something you name your dog)
I did a bunch of games this weekend 6 to be exact HS game Friday and Saturday 4 AAU’s 2 sat, 2 Sunday. There was a concern in the AAU games on Saturday both coaches were bitching about my partners strike zone. He is a college kid and he is beating himself up over it. It’ my third game of the day I want to say safe or out and nothing else so I’m tiring to keep his head in the game and the coaches calm. So I asked the coach was mine that bad trying to make a joke out of it. he says did you hear us bitching like this. I say no. he says yeah because yours is pretty good most of the time. Just another day in the life.
It’s opening day in our town for Little League on Saturday the parade that all the kids hate walk down Main street to the fields . It’s pretty awesome day even the local political candidates put their signs down as the kids walk bye it’s old school and a slice of the past.