That was an outstanding post Zita. I really enjoyed read that! And you’re absolutely right…. every step of the way.
A while back I didn’t have that outlook … oh I had access to the same data base, but being the parochial type at heart, it took a real eye opener for me to come around.
I had a pitcher once that was build of linebacker for Texas A&M. I mean he was solid. He had all the stuff that coaches asked for on the wish list for Santa.
We used a DH for everybody on the pitching staff, no exceptions.My way of saving my “group” for bigger and better things … so I thought. And I’m sure a little ego on my part had something to do with it.
Well, as fortune wasn’t with us one game… our DH got decked by a wild throw while going to second … and the next inning we were really doing some shuffling with our roster. Our skipper was in a nasty mood all day long… so trying to reason with him was out of the question for everybody.
Our bat boy comes into the dugout and say’s sarcastically (the skipper’s son), “what do you have to lose… put him in.” And the kid points to my ace. Now, before I can spit my gum out … and say “whoa!!! … My ace gets up … grabs a stick form the bat rack and digs in the box.
The first pitch… and a real beauty too … KRACK!! The bat shatters into toothpicks, but the ball rockets just on the fair side of the left field pole and into the parking lot, ricocheting off of a number of cars… All I can say is that it’s a good thing that there’s a disclaimer on all tickets sold that day! The guy must have pin-balled a Chrysler, a couple of Buicks and a Caddy or two. No cheap stuff mind you… just the good stuff.
When my ace came into the dugout and sat down… my jaw was still down around knees. I had to say …” I didn’t know you could hit like that!”. His response was priceless and still rings in my ears to this day… “YOU NEVER ASKED ME COACH.”.
I never made that mistake again. Never.