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Friday, September 21, 2012
SEAL Team Sucks?
Here’s the deal: Since I brought this topic to light in a column last Friday, many, many more people have come forward to express their disdain for Neal Huntington and his assistant, Kyle Stark, for adding three days of soldier-level training to their Instructional League regimen. And in every case, those people have contacted me, not the other way around….
Most of the people who called have used fierce language to denounce this, none more so than those within the Pirates who obviously can’t speak on the record for fear of their jobs.
That’s OK. I’ll say it for them: It’s a joke.
A Pirates IL baseball player’s “training”.
• Wake up at 5 a.m.
• Organize room/locker
• Pushups and sit-ups
• Serpentine on the grass
• Crab walk
• Running along the beach with a telephone-type pole, carried by five or six players
• Pushing a truck tire through the outfield for 90 feet, then flipping it
• Being sprayed by a hose
• Diving into a sand pile
All with a drill sergeant barking orders throughout.
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