Archive for March, 2006

The Promise of Youth

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

False Springs are a common theme in this game, another common theme is the promise of youth and the spark it can bring a team. Springs stories are awash in fables of the found player (Pete Reiser) the hustling tough guy (Pete Rose) the energetic odd ball (Chris Sabo) Many a rookie is often perplexed when first asked to speak to the press, most of their speaking usually involves profanities or shoe gazing tenacity, most often it comes off as a sure-fire impression of Ebby Calvin ‘Nuke’ LaLoosh. However the inevitable humorous quote finds its way to the surface eventually almost every spring and weekly as evidenced by BP’s weekly frolic. A favorite of mine is an early Yogism that was uttered in the late 40’s when Yogi Berra was asked about his work with catching legend Bill Dickey.

“Bill Dickey is learning me his experience.”

Truer words were never spoken.

What team hasn’t had a player show up in the spring and turn a few heads? Most baseball guys tend to let this experience play out before anointment of future stardom and if they don’t they tend to eat their words at a later date, and no incident better exemplifies this than the infamous Sparky Anderson – Chris Pittaro fiasco of 1985.

If born that year you are now destined to legally drink this year.



Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Officially spring arrives on today at precisely 1:26 P.M. EST, the Sun will cross directly over the Earth’s equator. Unofficially spring arrived to baseball fans the day pitchers and catchers reported early and Arod waffled on which team he would grace with his presence.