The 4th batter in a baseball lineup is the Cleanup Hitter.
(In a perfect world, the Cleanup Hitter’s job is to clean up the bases with a home run or a double. You know, something awesome, exciting, and powerful.)
Today, the Baseball Bloggess celebrates its (her? my?) 4th birthday. And, to celebrate, a bit of cleanup is in order.
I take a lot of photos at ballgames. But, I’m trying to watch and score the game, too – so I don’t capture much of the action … no exciting steals of second, no miracle catches at the wall.
There’s not a lot of dust kicking up in my photos.
Most of the photos I take just sit quietly on my computer, in their folders, like the utility guy on the bench patiently waiting for a chance to play.
So, here’s some cleanup – four recent photos that I’m sweet on, but don’t quite fit anywhere.
Orioles Outfielder Joey Rickard …
“Bats, they are sick. I cannot hit curveball. Straightball I hit it very much. Curveball, bats are afraid. [C]ome, take fear from bats.” ~ Pedro Ceranno in the movie Major League (1988)
The Baltimore Orioles bats went cold this month.
Power bats slump from time to time, and teams often slump together.
I think Rickard’s putting a spell on his bat here as he comes to the plate.
Poor Joey went on the DL this week and is out for the next four to six weeks with a thumb injury. Heal up, Joey, the team needs you!
But, I think his spell worked, because the team bats are finding their mojo again … and, hey, look at this …
Photo: Los Angeles Angels at Baltimore Orioles. Camden Yards, Baltimore. July 9, 2016.
Another Bunt! …
University of Virginia third baseman Justin Novak lays down a bunt.
A few days ago I wrote about bunts and how much I love them. And, you all agreed!
I think we love bunts because we are thoughtful and cerebral and strategic. (And, because, at some point in Little League or junior high gym class, we bunted. Sure, we couldn’t hit one out, but, by golly, we could bunt.)
Photo: Georgia Tech at University of Virginia. Davenport Field, Charlottesville, VA. May 14, 2016.
University of Virginia celebrating a run.
In a pivotal series against the University of North Carolina in April it looked like the University of Virginia had turned their season around.
The turnaround got the Cavaliers to the NCAA Regional Tournament in June, but that’s where their season ended.
Still, this photo is one of my favorites. Because … happy. That’s all. Just happy.
Photo: University of North Carolina at University of Virginia. Davenport Field, Charlottesville, VA. April 17, 2016.
Racing Mascots …
There’s more to baseball than baseball.
The Washington Nationals Racing President Thomas Jefferson visits Charlottesville from time to time and is here racing – or being chased by, depending on how you look at things – Cosmo, a sheepdog, and “Prairiewether Lewis,” a prairie dog, at a recent Tom Sox game.
(A question you may have: Why does a prairie dog – a species that doesn’t even live in Virginia — represent the Charlottesville Tom Sox? Editor/Husband responds: “In 1805, the explorers Lewis and Clark sent a live prairie dog to President Jefferson at the White House.” Yes, he really knows this stuff.)
Photo: Covington Lumberjacks at Charlottesville Tom Sox. (Valley League) Cville Weekly Ballpark, Charlottesville, VA. July 7, 2016.
Last month, a Facebook exec predicted that in the next five years Facebook would “probably be all video.”
According to Cisco Systems: “It would take an individual five-million years to watch the amount of video that will cross global IP networks each month in 2020.”
Words are, sadly, obsolete.
But, on the bright side, I’ve still got five years to figure out how to use the video camera on my six-year-old Droid phone.
Happy Birthday, Baseball Bloggess … here’s to four – and, apparently, only four – more years.
Also, cleaning up today? Those pesky ads that sometimes appear at the bottom of these posts. I keep worrying that some political ad will find its way on here and ruin your day. You can’t buy me, you angry political meanies! Get off my blog! Which is to say, those little ads that pop-up at the bottom of posts should now be gone. (But, if you see one, let me know so I can stamp my feet and complain to someone.)