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Unchained Melody

Nice piece by Daniel Barbarisi in the Wall Street Journal about a bat boy and the pine-tar incident.

Unrelated, I found this photograph at Royals Then, Now & Forever. See the way Nettles is sliding his right foot? He did that before every pitch. When I played as a kid, up through high school, I copied that move too. If I stood on an infield today, without thinking, I’m sure I’d do it again.



1 Sliced Bread   ~  Jul 15, 2013 8:45 am

Spaulding... that's rich, but I still don't like Brett.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 15, 2013 9:06 am


3 monkeypants   ~  Jul 15, 2013 9:10 am

And a beautiful shot of the best version of remodelled Yankee Stadium: 387' to the power alley in LF, 430' to deep LF, 417' to CF. Now *that's* a Death Valley.

4 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Jul 15, 2013 10:24 am

Nettles is likely smoothing out shoe marks in the infield dirt. I learned to do the same thing over at 1B from Mattingly and Hernandez. Still do it now as an MSBL geezer.

Someone, may have been one of those two, once called it "doing your gardening." The throat you save from a funky hop may be your own.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 15, 2013 10:42 am

4) Yup. Exactly. I learned it from him, get rid of those pebbles. Smooth it out.

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