“The real key to fielding is anticipation and concentration. … Expect the bad hop and be ready for the worst. It’s all concentration.” ~ Legendary Orioles Manager Earl Weaver
Photo: University of Virginia freshman Justin Novak, after scoring a run as a pinch runner in the 8th inning, playing second in the 9th. University of Miami at University of Virginia, April 18, 2015. Davenport Field, Charlottesville, Virginia. © The Baseball Bloggess
Was Earl talking about fielding or life? Sounds like it could have been either of the two.
I agree! It’s always good to be ready for the bad hop on the field or in life. :)
Great photo to go with the great advice!
Thank you, Gloria! I find myself flipping the camera to black and white more and more when I’m at games … I guess I like to filter out the distractions!
Another Earl Pearl of Wisdom. Covered two Mayville State doubleheaders this weekend where the Comets turned eight double plays, but committed just as many errors, one where the third baseman failed to have his glove low to start with to handle a short hop. Preparation and practice. On a Major League note, it’s not even August and tempers are flaring (including Popi acting like a Little League parent). Remember, boys, baseball is supposed to be fun.
Thanks Jim! Yup, an infielder’s glove must be low so it can “pick up dirt” in addition to the ball, as my friend Jay says.
Such a great photo. I bet it’d look fantastic framed.
Thank you! It actually took about 10 shots to get it just so. Fortunately, Justin is all concentration and stillness out there, so I was able to keep shooting until I got it right. :)