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Monday, April 02, 2018

Neon Deion tweets

Somebody tell me who this catcher is so i can make sure he has brand new gear for his next game. Please Please. This is incredible. And I want to meet him. #Truth

Check out the embedded video from Tony Austin.

Stormy JE Posted: April 02, 2018 at 04:24 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: awesome, heart, high school baseball

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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 02, 2018 at 08:35 PM (#5647245)
Since the excerpt talks about new gear, at first glance I thought this was a left-handed catcher forced to play with a right-handed glove, but it's a one-armed catcher, doing something very difficult very well. Watch the video.
   2. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: April 02, 2018 at 08:48 PM (#5647251)
You know, it is pretty amazing how good Deion was--around a 2-win player in his prime--playing baseball part-time while playing football full-time. He was one hell of an athlete.
   3. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: April 02, 2018 at 09:22 PM (#5647261)
Who cares about the catcher? Five pitches in 64 seconds!

Seriously though, that is amazing.
   4. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 02, 2018 at 09:44 PM (#5647262)
You know, it is pretty amazing how good Deion was--around a 2-win player in his prime


Sanders was an insanely great athlete. Kind of had to follow Bo in that 2 sport thing and Bo just did stuff that was eye-popping but Sanders was incredible. He was the fastest DB I'd ever seen on a gridiron field. I'm sure other guys may have a better 40 time but his closing speed was something to behold.

There's always one kid in your primary or high school who is insanely good at any sport. Sanders was that guy x10, he was amazing.
   5. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 02, 2018 at 09:52 PM (#5647263)
1992: 303 ABs, 6 doubles and 14 triples.

Pretty cool.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 02, 2018 at 09:59 PM (#5647265)
There's always one kid in your primary or high school who is insanely good at any sport.
Heh - not always. I went to a university lab school that was, shall we say, academically oriented and graduated in a class of maybe 52. Our version was that one kid who was insanely good at chess, science olympiad and math competitions. (I was not that one kid.)
   7. PreservedFish Posted: April 02, 2018 at 10:17 PM (#5647270)
Our version was that one kid who was insanely good at chess, science olympiad and math competitions.


As a summer camp counselor I took my team of 8-10 year old boys to play kickball against a co-ed team at the nearby music camp. Kickball instead of baseball because the opposing team wasn't capable of fielding a competent baseball team. It was quite a scene. I was the umpire and I cheated wildly in favor of the inept music campers, and despite that my team won something like 30-0, with 3 mercy rule innings. Boys vs co-ed is never going to be fair, but even a boys vs boys matchup would've been cruelly lopsided, pitting my regular kids vs these precious violin dorks. The little musicians were haughty as all #### too, complaining loudly about how coarse my boys were. To be fair, my kids were all encrusted in dirt, snot and bug spray, but it's a summer camp, that's how it's supposed to be. I guess those pretentious little shits had time to preen themselves in between flugelhorn lessons.
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: April 02, 2018 at 10:19 PM (#5647272)
Brian Jordan was a pretty good OF who - for no fathomable reason - got 595 PA of 63 OPS+ in his age 37-39 years to wrap up a 15-year MLB career. also a safety and punt returner for the Falcons for 2 seasons just before he began his MLB stint in the early 1990s.
   9. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 02, 2018 at 10:24 PM (#5647274)
He was the fastest DB I'd ever seen on a gridiron field. I'm sure other guys may have a better 40 time but his closing speed was something to behold.

I'll never forget a play when he was with the Evil Empire in 1990--he was in center when the batter hit a gapper to left center--a sure double (or triple) and as the behind-the plate camera first panned up there was no defender in the picture-and suddenly he appeared out of the right of the TV screen and grabbed it--and everyone in the bar just gasped in amazement
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 02, 2018 at 10:28 PM (#5647275)
Kickball instead of baseball because the opposing team wasn't capable of fielding a competent baseball team. It was quite a scene. I was the umpire and I cheated wildly in favor of the inept music campers, and despite that my team won something like 30-0, with 3 mercy rule innings
OK, I suppose I should defend my high school's athletic honor at least a little bit now. We were never that bad - we didn't have a baseball team for quite a while, but we organized one when I was maybe a sophomore? IIRC we played in a spring/summer league rather than during the official high school season, probably because the other schools' schedules were already set. We couldn't reasonably be described as any good (myself included), but we at least won a few games.

I mean, the chess team won the state title, but what are you gonna do?
   11. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 02, 2018 at 10:32 PM (#5647277)
And yes, the ease with which the catcher works is just astounding to watch.
   12. Omineca Greg Posted: April 03, 2018 at 03:15 AM (#5647368)
I guess those pretentious little shits had time to preen themselves in between flugelhorn lessons.

I submit to you without comment

I was all ready to submit this without comment, but when I tried, the only button I saw said "Submit Your Comment", so I guess that's not allowed here…submitting without commenting that is.

Hmmm…want to stay within the terms of service, so I better add a comment of some kind…

Did you know Dock Ellis wrote a book with Donald Hall? So besides jamming with Chuck, he collaborates with poets? Laureates even.

And look, Donald has one relevant to the discussion...

"Dead people don't like olives,"
I told my partners in eighth grade
dancing class, who never listened
as we fox-trotted, one-two, one-two.

The dead people I often consulted
nodded their skulls in unison
while I flung my black velvet cape
over my shoulders and glowered
from deep-set, burning eyes,
walking the city streets, alone at fifteen,
crazy for cheerleaders and poems.

At Hamden High football games, girls
in short pleated skirts
pranced and kicked, and I longed
for their memorable thighs.
They were friendly—poets were mascots—
but never listened when I told them
that dead people didn't like olives.

Instead the poet, wearing his cape,
continued to prowl in solitude
intoning inscrutable stanzas
as halfbacks and tackles
made out, Friday nights after football,
on sofas in dark-walled rec rooms
with magnanimous cheerleaders.

But, decades later, when the dead
have stopped blathering
about olives, obese halfbacks wheeze
upstairs to sleep beside cheerleaders
waiting for hip replacements,
while a lascivious, doddering poet,
his burning eyes deep-set
in wrinkles, cavorts with their daughters.

Donald Hall


   13. Brian Equator Posted: April 03, 2018 at 04:37 AM (#5647371)
"Dock Ellis In The Country Of Baseball", which is great.

So was Prime Time.
   14. Hank Gillette Posted: April 04, 2018 at 08:31 PM (#5648354)
Since the excerpt talks about new gear, at first glance I thought this was a left-handed catcher forced to play with a right-handed glove, but it's a one-armed catcher, doing something very difficult very well.


I thought the same thing (IIRC, both Ruth and Gehrig played catcher at school level with a right-handed catcher’s mitt). Then I realized he had no right arm. The way he flips the ball up, takes his hand out of the mitt, grabs the ball, and throws it is just so smooth and a joy to behold.
   15. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 04, 2018 at 09:35 PM (#5648382)
Too bad Prime Time can't recruit the kid to play at Prime Prep.

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