It doesn’t have to be a grand slam when a squeeze play will do – REBLOG – THE SHINBONE STAR

We are serious baseball fans. Garry has actually written a couple of pieces like this, but you need to “get” baseball to understand them. This is a great piece and if you are any kind of sports fan, you should recognize that “the big play” is sexy on TV. A huge homer makes the fans cheer and stomp while the TV crew gets all worked up.

There are a lot of ways to win — and lose. Whacking the ball over the wall is not a game.

A homer is just ONE play. A team needs a basket of strategies to make the game a winner — and a lot of winning games to take the season to a winning finish.

THE SHINBONE STAR

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, was just sentenced again in federal court.

So let’s talk baseball.

While such a segue is admittedly strained, the all-American game has lessons to teach sensible citizens who hang our heads over a combined seven-and-a-half-year sentence for Manafort that could allow the 69-year-old to still walk out of prison rather than be carried out on a slab.

Baseball today is a different game than the one many of us grew up with. ESPN’s Sports Center highlights helped turn the sport into one big home run derby, which prevented newer fans from ever learning baseball’s nuances. The stolen base, the hit-and-run, the run-scoring double off the wall are all exciting plays that are mostly unappreciated by newer fans who are conditioned to only get excited when the ball is hit over the fence.

It’s a crime, really, and speaking of crime, that brings us back…

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Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

4 thoughts on “It doesn’t have to be a grand slam when a squeeze play will do – REBLOG – THE SHINBONE STAR”

  1. Good baseball/politics piece. I think Bob Mueller (no relation to Don “Mandrake” Mueller of the 50’s NY baseball Giants) is playing “small ball” and turning the lineup around to score here and there – and keeping the opposition on defense.

    Donzo and his minions – they’re like the current crop of long ball hitters. They hit homers and strike out a lot – devaluing the impact of their homers. The sports yakkers are always talking launch angle and velocity/distance – pumping up the value of the hitters who strike out so much more than hit the ball. It’s always the BIGLY homer – ignoring all the scoring chances missed because slugger happy players are about themselves and not the team. They’re self-absorbed and resistant to advice to improve. Sound familiar.

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