“You’re Going to Get Hit”

“Be ready, you’re going to get hit,” said the coach to his leadoff batter in the bottom of the first inning. “Huh?” “Yep, I know the guy on the mound. We hit two of their guys in the top of the inning…he’s going to get...

Rivalries

Red Sox/Yankees. Cubs/Cardinals. Dodgers/Giants. Rivalries in baseball are great, full of rich history and hated on all sides. Bulletin board material typically presents itself, providing the offended team with an extra level of motivation. A true rivalry is a...

How to Know if You’re a Fool

His swing was broken, but he wouldn’t listen. Somehow, the plummeting batting and on-base averages weren’t enough for him to admit his need for help. Not only that…his life was broken, too. A series of rebellious decisions, in the face of pleading...

Hey, Neighbor

Who’s the player you wish wasn’t on your team? The coach you wish was in a different program? The parent you wish would go away? That player is a problem. That coach is a jerk. That parent is a handful. And they will continue to be that way, right? And as of yet,...

Beyond “Just Say No”

Over the years, baseball and addiction have sadly often walked in tandem. Alcohol, tobacco, drugs, steroids, women, attention…the list goes on. Somehow, we remain seemingly shocked when a human player does human things, unlike the heroes we often make them out to...

Missing Signs

Missing signs is an unforgivable offense in the minds of most coaches. It’s simple: pay attention, then do what the coach just signaled for you to do. In fairness, some coaches devise signs that would require an algorithm to decipher. Three taps to the wrist, followed...