Did you ever have a coach that did some peculiar things? Here are some of the coaches that I worked with and some of their, well, things.
- There was a coach who sat next to me for a season that constantly had trouble keeping his upper dentures in. So, he would make the adjustment, over and over again, by pushing his bottom lip under the top denture. Now at first, I didn’t know what was going on – in fact, I felt rather uncomfortable sitting in the same dugout with the man. All this facial action, at first, looked like the man was blowing smooches my way. Kind of unnerving.
- I had a head coach who had a lazy eye – one eye was looking straight at you while the other was on a sightseeing tour. It was really uncomfortable sitting in a meeting where he wasn’t happy about something. Every once and while I’d have to lean over to the coach next to me and ask “ was he talking to me?”
- My first job had me answering to a coach who, among other things, use to suppress and stifle his sneeze. He’d get all worked up ready to sneeze, then – squzzeeepp! His eyes would bug out, he’d almost come off his feet, and he’d shake his head back and forth afterwards. Watching him sneeze was like watching a small depth charge go off in the back of his head.
- We had a third base coach that use to talk to himself constantly. I honestly don’t think he realized that he did it. So he’d be on third having a rip roaring argument with himself, with a look from the third base umpire and the other team’s third baseman –“what… hugh…?” Even worse was the confusion at first.
- We had a coach who would always miss that first step out of the dugout. No matter how long he stood there with one foot on the dugout steps, that first step would almost guarantee him landing face first on the ground.