My Ten Commandments
If you’ve listened to our broadcasts, you’ve probably heard me refer to my “10 Ballpark Commandments.”
It occurred to me yesterday that I’ve never listed them on my blog so here goes.
- Adult males shall not bring a baseball glove. If you can drive a car, you can attempt a bare-handed catch.
- Adults (of both genders) who catch foul balls shall give them to the nearest kid.
- Taunting the opponent shall be humorous – not vulgar.
- If thou are obese or have back hair, your shirt must remain on.
- Thou must sing “Take Me out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch.
- If thou eat ballpark food, at least 1 item must be unhealthy.
- If thou wear a jersey, it must be of an active player or a team legend. For example, it you optimistically purchased a Red Sox jersey with “Smoltz” on the back, you’re out of luck (but Yaz, Fisk, Rice, etc . . . are acceptable).
- If thou appear on the Kiss Cam, keep it short and sweet (and no tongue!).
- If thou are lucky enough to sit behind home plate, you must never call someone on your cell phone to say, “Look, I’m on TV!” Isn’t it better if someone says, “Hey, did you have great seats to the game the other night?”
- If thou catch a home run ball, you can sell it or give it back to the guy that hit it, but you cannot make a list of demands before giving it back.
I’m perfectly willing to adapt the list if you have better suggestions. Feel free to give me your ideas in the comments section.
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On Wednesday night, Jeff Natale started a game for the first time in 26 days and demonstrated his remarkable ability to get on base. Batting leadoff, Natale went 3-for-4 with a walk to help the PawSox beat Rochester 7-6.
In 5 games as Pawtucket’s leadoff hitter this year, Natale is 9-for-18 (.500) with 3 walks for a .571 OBP. More importantly, the PawSox are 4-1 in those games.
The knock on Natale is that he’s not a strong defensive player, but on a team that has struggled to score runs in 2009, it would have been nice to have his bat in the lineup on a regular basis.
I hope he’s given a fair shot to be Pawtucket’s leadoff hitter next year.
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Aaron Boone’s amazing comeback from open-heart surgery is one of the best stories in baseball this year, but it could have a negative impact on Ron Johnson’s son Chris. Boone’s return to Houston could stand in the way of a September call-up for RJ’s son.
But Chris is having a very solid first season in Triple-A with Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League. After batting .333 with 7 HR in August, Chris is hitting .278 with 13 HR in 99 games this season.
And that’s not the only reason that RJ is beaming with pride these days. His 10-year-old daughter Bridget has earned a starting spot on her school’s basketball team. Bridget is starting 5th grade and the team is for girls through the 8th grade.
RJ calls his daughter “Waffle House” on the basketball court for her defensive ability.
Just like the hash browns at that restaurant chain, Bridget’s opponents are “smothered and covered.”
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There are only three home games left in 2009, including Wednesday’s matchup against Rochester. I hope you’ll join us for the radio call, beginning with the pre-game show at 6:50 on the PawSox radio network and PawSox.com.