Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Pitch This!

"The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers." - Earl Weaver

When it comes to sports, my wife Brooke fits into the "see it live and in person" category. Don't get me wrong, she is not really interested in the game -- she just loves the social experience that comes along with being taken out to the ballgame. And these are the rare times that she will actually eat a hot dog (means I am allowed one as well).

Nearly 2 years ago we witnessed Mike Fiers of the Houston Astros throw a no-hitter at Minute Maid Park. It was amazing to actually see one of only 296 no-hitters that have so far been pitched. For me, I love baseball above all else because every single pitch thrown is strategic. What combination of pitches does a particular pitcher throw and what kind of pitch is a batter most likely to hit, etc., etc. After the no-hitter, I decided that it was time for me to teach Brooke about the holy trinity of pitching no-no nevers
  • Never allow the inning lead-off hitter to get on base
  • Never allow an opposing pitcher to reach base and especially by being walked
  • Never allow a base runner to steal home
In the beginning Brooke seemed genuinely interested in learning these interesting facts and why they are actually important in the strategy of every baseball game played. That was until last night when I eagerly asked her if she remembered the holy trinity of pitching no-no nevers? She said, "Sure!":
  1. Never allow any hitter to score a touchdown with a grand slam
  2. Never disrespect an opposing pitcher especially one with a "wicked" slider
  3. Never start a land war in Asia 
Funny gal that one. Alas, it's a work in progress. Perhaps she will seriously share my enthusiasm for the game someday? Better yet, maybe she will let me get the chili dog next time. Play Ball!

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