So I’ve been checking out a lot of games the last couple months here in the Southern California area. I’ve pretty much covered it – high school, little league, pony league, junior college, four year college, etc.
Um, I’m bored. I honestly haven’t seen one player who thrills me. Not one. And this area is supposed to be one of the hot beds of baseball talent in the world. Crickets. Zippo.
All I’ve seen is a bunch of little robots running around, doing everything technically right, but with the passion of a dirt clod. It’s about as entertaining as watching paint dry. What the heck is going on? Where in the heck are the performers? The risk takers? I wanna see some kid NOT get his foot down on time. A kid with a WILD leg kick and HUGE hitch in his swing but can just flat hit. Scratch that, I don’t even care if he can hit or not, I’ll settle for 4 strikeouts by someone who takes his hacks with authority and recklessness.
I want to see a player who’s loose, passionate, and creative. I want to see someone with 19 batting gloves in their back pockets. I want to see someone who talks some smack. Someone with rhythm and funk. I want to see someone who doesn’t give a rat’s ass if he fails or not. I just want to see someone show off a little bit.
Everybody’s trying to dance perfectly. NEWS FLASH! You can’t think and dance well at the same time! Yogi was right. You end up looking like a robot. For cryin out loud….let it go!
Can’t there be someone who’s brave enough to just PLAY? Someone who recognizes the difference between practice and game time?
Somebody save me!!!!!!!
I keep coming back to these quotes….
“It’s supposed to be fun, the man says ‘Play Ball’ not ‘Work Ball’ you know.” – Willie Stargell
“To be successful, one must take chances.” – Willie Stargell
“Though they play an important role in the early stage, the techniques should not be too mechanical, complex or restrictive. If we cling blindly to them, we shall eventually become bound by their limitations. Remember, you are expressing the techniques and not doing the techniques. If somebody attacks you, your response is not Technique No.1, Stance No. 2, Section 4, Paragraph 5. Instead you simply move in like sound and echo, without any deliberation. It is as though when I call you, you answer me, or when I throw you something, you catch it. It’s as simple as that – no fuss, no mess.” - Bruce Lee