• Batting Pratice, Tomorrow, Be There

    Posted by on January 9th, 2006 · Comments (2)

    By accident, I just came across a post that I made over at the NetShrine Discussion Forumfour years ago – and, believe it or not, I still feel the same way today! Here’s the gist of it:

    I was talking with a couple of co-workers (also Yankee fans) about Rondell White yesterday.

    The issue of his leg (hamstring, groin) problems came up – - and I offered that the Yankees do a great job of stretching before games, asking my buds if they ever saw the players working out with huge rubberbands (during BP) behind 1B. (The thought was that perhaps White may have less pulls with the NY routine.)

    These guys are 11-15 years my junior (ouch!) and they looked at me laughing and said something like “Dude, anytime before the start of the game, we’re outside the stadium drinking – - not inside watching batting practice.”

    The more I thought about this, the more I thought about how much I love to watch BP.

    There’s so much going on – - players BSing, taking cuts, playing catch, kidding with fans, media folk walking around, guys shagging or taking INF, etc. – - it’s a crazy mix of informal and formal activities, I dunno, I just love it.

    Maybe it’s being in the park with so few people there yet? Maybe it’s one of the few “quiet times” in my life that I actually get to enjoy?

    Coincidentally, I had a somewhat stressful day at work today – and I know that tomorrow in the office is going to be worse. Man, what I would give for a little BP up at the Stadium right about now…………

    Comments on Batting Pratice, Tomorrow, Be There

    1. Jen
      January 9th, 2006 | 10:23 pm

      I LOVE watching BP. And now that they open the gates a bit earlier during the week you can actually get the see the Yankees bat. I like it ever more watching it from the bleachers. You get a lot of chances at home run balls (caught one from Sosa last season. I thought my hand was broken after that). All the pitchers hang out in the outfield so you get to see them joking around with each other and shit like that. It’s mostly the bullpen guys (Mo is pretty good at shagging flys). But I did catch Moose horsing around too a couple times. Here he is kicking someone’s glove.

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/goddam/15003941/

      I’ve only seen the Yanks do the thing with the rubber bands a couple times, mostly at away games. But I did go to that doubler-header that wasn’t meant to be in 2004 (when Tampa got delayed by the hurricane). The Stadium was open at about 11am that day and they let fans come and go all day. So I got there around 4 or so and saw the entire pre-game. It was also Giambi’s return to New York. He didn’t play but he was there working out and took some early BP. Got a nice hand from the sparse crowd that was there.

    2. Raf
      January 10th, 2006 | 10:02 am

      Glad to hear they’re opening the gates a bit earlier. Don’t know why they stopped. It used to be that you got to see both home and road teams take BP, then it was you got to see the road team take BP. After that, I got there too late to see anything.

      I enjoyed watching BP for the reasons Jen mentioned, seeing the players interact with fellow players and the fans. Catching a HR ball, or whatever ball a player threw into the stands was pretty cool as well

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