Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Tuesday Sports Short: "I Didn't Come Here to Read."

If you didn't come here to read then you are in good company.

New York Yankee great Yogi Berra has been a beloved figure in baseball for years. Yogi is perhaps the most quoted baseball player ever. But the truth of the matter is that "He didn't say everything that he said."

Berra was not just a quote machine, he was also a Hall of Fame ball player. He was an all-star catcher, and later in his career an all-star outfielder. Berra was a solid hitter putting up lofty numbers for a career catcher. He was a 3-time MVP, and he played in 14 World Series.

For all of you young players out there Berra's hitting strategy may be useful: "you can't hit and think at the same time." This philosophy was put to the test his rookie season with the Yanks. A vetran catcher attempted to fluster the young Berra as he stepped into the batter's box. The catcher informed Berra that the trademark label on his bat was turned the wrong way (As a general rule the batter wants the trademark to be facing up when they hit. It is all about the grain of the wood, and preventing it from splintering on contact.)

Despite the vetran's best effort Berra was unruffled. Berra looked back and said, "I didn't come up here to read." He turned back, faced the pitcher, and hit a homerun on the next pitch.

*In all seriousness, the playoffs start today. I would like to let the readers know that my post today about a Yankee is in no way an endorsement of the Yankee organization (evil empire). The Atlanta Braves have received this bloggers full endorsement (since the D-rays just missed the playoffs). *




3 Comments:

Blogger Morgan said...

I'm so sorry the Braves are gonna have to fall to 'Stros. Talk to your pastor, he's wise in his choice of teams... See ya in a few weeks!

4/10/05 7:08 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

I would stick my lips in a blender and use vinegar for mouth wash before I would pull of the "'stros."

5/10/05 7:50 AM  
Blogger Doug and Terrye said...

Ouch!!!!!!!!! But I concur.

6/10/05 11:12 AM  

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