Bored to Tears

March 30, 2009

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

9 Responses to “Bored to Tears”

  1. sstoerck says:

    I’d pay good money to see Dave Staton, with his back pocket tails hanging out, show another kid why fastballs, even good ones, are better off down in the zone. Or Joey James with those huge pipes, sprinting around the bases almost embarassed that he was able to wrist a homerun off a change-up that clearly had fooled him. Or Ralphie Ramirez, running through your Dad’s “stop” sign at third, having the ball beat him to home by 10 feet, and then making up for it by putting the catcher into the backstop without the ball. Style points DO count.

  2. Royce the Cherokee says:

    I’m seeing the same thing as you guys; must be an epidemic. Was digging around in the cabinet last night like a crack addict trying to find the Roberto Clemente high lite reel;” CALGON! TAKE ME AWAY!”

  3. Yu Darvish says:

    Check out Tustin hs SS Travis Harrsion, had 7 bombs as a Freshman has 5 already this year as a Soph in 10 games. He had 32 as a 12 yr old all star for Aliso Viejo.

    After seeing what Japan did to USA and Korea I think they clinch AL East by August. Nippon leauge is superior to mlb, which has too many zero tool players hitting .250 in it.

  4. Royce the Cherokee says:

    Doe’s that include Matsui and the second baseman from the Rays ?

  5. Chunkin Badens says:

    I hear ya guys…..somebody take a hack and fall down in the other batter’s box, lift and separate…..

  6. brent says:

    Brent, I have a question.What highschool do you think is the best and will be the best until I’m in highschool(I am only 12).

  7. brent says:

    It does’nt have to be exact.I just want to know.

    Brent

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