Carpe Diem Y’all by Michele Bernard

Writer, Texan, Semi-interested Sports Fan

Baseball Ready

ryan.jpgWaiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite.  Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance.  Everyone is just waiting.  ~Dr. Seuss

One hour is a long time when you’re six and the ball won’t come to you and it’s not your turn to bat yet.  How does this young Derek-Jeter-in-training handle the extra time on his hands?  Cartwheels. 

If MLB would take a few pointers from my nephew’s league, imagine how much more efficient, not to mention entertaining our baseball watching would be.  I’m sure the players would be less stressed, and have more fun as well.  And, the time would pass so quickly, we could do away with the seventh inning stretch. 

So, MLB, take it from the mighty six year old Panthers and make the following exceptions: 

  • Four swings only at the ball
  • Allow Coach to pitch to players
  • Five runs only per inning
  • All players must yell “Baseball Ready!”  in chorus between each pitch
  • Cartwheels in the infield ok
  • Filling baseball caps with infield dirt ok
  • Drawing in dirt behind home plate, or any base for that matter, with un-gloved hand ok
  • Digging for worms in mud beneath dugout bench ok
  • Climbing dugout fence like a colony of ants ok
  • After Game Snack Time A-OK

When they start the game, they don’t yell “work ball, ” they say, “play ball” – Willie Stargell, 1981

Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele


May 7, 2007 - Posted by | baseball, Best Lines, Blogroll, Carpe Diem Quotes, Family, Humor, Michele's Musings, Notes from the Cheap Seats, Parenting, Sports Stuff


  1. ML Baseball, ESPN-Disney scripted for WWE action:

    corked bats
    philandering players
    ubiquitous steroids
    injections of liquid amphetamines
    post gaming drinking
    drunk driving
    drunken hypocite managers (Tony LaRussa)
    meaningless records (fake) Clemens & Bonds
    illegal gambling
    George Mitchell (Disney Chairman) phony steroid audit

    TV baseball is not as interesting as is WWE, despite an army of sportswriters (frauds with laptops).

    Comment by winstolv | May 7, 2007 | Reply

  2. Wait, is winstolv suggesting they shoot up amphetamines on the bench, drunk drive through left field and philander on home plate (between innings, of course)?

    I’m there!

    Comment by pooks | May 7, 2007 | Reply

  3. PEOPLE, PEOPLE, calm down. This is my son in the pic, and for the past month, I have had the best time of my life watching him and his teammates at play. They are happy, energetic, forgiving, eager to please, and a delight to us all. Be jealous!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by stacy | May 8, 2007 | Reply

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