Posted on: August 16, 2008 6:49 am

Sports appreciation day

I wish the kids of today could have grown up when I did. There were no computers or video games to sit in front of all day. As kids we looked forward to weekends when we would grab our bats and gloves and meet all our friends at the ball field, which we walked about two miles to get to. We didn't have to worry about getting rides from our parents. We usually didn't have enough people to play a game, so games had to be made up. We would play games like Home Run Derby, 500, or if we had enough players, a real game. We did this all day. We didn't have to be home till the street lights came on, so why not play all day. We would emulate our favorite players of the era. Squatting at the plate like Pete Rose. Pitching with the reverse pivot off the mound like Luis Tiant. It was fun. Then when all the play was done, maybe we could get the Cincinnati Reds on one of the four local television stations. That is if we weren't too tired to actually get up and change the station. If it wasn't on tv, then the radio would come on, and I would listen till I fell asleep, rarely making it to the end of the game. Fortunately, there was a newspaper in the driveway the next morning. On the front page the Reds score would be posted at the top right of the page. I knew that if I saw that smiling face basball icon at the top of the paper, the news was good. The Reds had won! After eating a bowl of some sort of super sugar coated cereal, it was off to Scott's house down the street to see what time we were going to play that day.

Playing sports gave me a greater admiration for sports. The worst thing a kid could experience in my era was a rainy weekend. Of course then we would just have to think of something else to do. That was usually a game of some sort that we made up and usually played under the awning of my friends back porch.

A diiferent time, a different way. A different era of sports fan.

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Posted on: April 3, 2008 9:57 am

Major League Baseball Lumber?

I have been glued to the television for the first two real days of the baseball season. I have had the remote on full alert since. I don't know if it is more than usual, but I have seen bats breaking left and right. Major League baseball introduced the rule that coaches had to wear batting helmets for the first time this year. This was instituted because of a freak injury to a minor league coach who took a line drive in the head, and paid the ultimate price. I like the rule. But what of the dangers of the broken bat. I don't recall anyone ever being severely injured by a broken bat. I do remember Steve Yeager taking a splinter of a bat in the throat, thus the invention of the throat guard that dangled from the bottom of the catchers mask. I do remember Roger Clemens chucking the barrel of a broken bat. It just amazes me that with all the marvels of modern technology, that the best we can do is make a bat from an ash tree. I know that an aluminum bat is not the answer because that would get someone killed for sure. I know I have taken one in the leg from an aluminum bat 55 feet away and it left lace marks on my leg for three days, in amazingly deep purples! I know that hockey has gone to composites and they seem to like them. I just wonder if they can create a bat out of plastics or composites that will not produce the same effects as an aluminum bat, and react more like wood? I know this seems trivial, but I just wonder why it hasn't been addressed. If there are any chemistry majors out there who could create such a bat, I'm sure you payroll would rank right up there with A-Rod!
Category: MLB
Tags: bats, MLB
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