Free Baseball – the extra innings that come when a game is tied after nine. Today, three extra innings. A beautiful deke from a high school pitcher, the furriest bat boy in baseball, and the simplicity of baseball among the Amish.
10th Inning ~ Deke Out!
I love a good deke. That’s when a player fakes out a base runner by pretending to have – or not have – the baseball. When an entire team is in on the ruse … even better!
With the game tied in the 7th, Pitcher Wyatt Short of Southaven High in Mississippi turns to pick off the runner on second. His throw sails into the outfield. Or does it?
Click here to watch.
11th Inning ~ Dog Days
Some historians say that baseball descended from the ancient games “One Old Cat” and “Two Old Cat.” The Cat games used pitchers and batters just like baseball, so maybe?
It seems odd, though, that a game that may have evolved from a game of Cat could be so dog crazy.
Teams invite dogs to join their people at “Bark in the Park” games, offered by more than a dozen major league teams, as well as tons of minor league teams, every season. (Here’s the 2013 list.)
Being a fan is easy for a dog. Growl at the umpires, bark at every base runner, and sniff around under the seats for hotdog scraps. Really, how hard can it be?
But, put a dog to work at a game – now that’s something!
Chase the Golden Retriever has been the official “Bat Boy” of the Trenton Thunder (a Yankees’ Double A team) since 2002. Now 13, Chase is retiring and will fetch his final Thunder bat on July 5.
Click here for Chase’s story.
And, click here to watch him do his bat boy thing!
12th Inning ~ Baseball With The Amish
For baptized Amish adults, baseball is forbidden – sinful and unnecessary, like iPads, zippers, and central air.
But, for the young Amish, who have yet to be baptized and renounce their sinful ways, baseball is alive and well.
The Amish kids don’t know much about performance enhancing drugs, or All Star scandals, or million-dollar salaries. Their game is free of all that baggage. Just throw the ball, hit the ball, and find a way to get home.
Kent Russell wrote an interesting piece on baseball in Amish country for the The New Republic in March. Click here.