1st Fall ball game is less than a week away!
Well, today marks my conversion from summer baseball mode to something else, and that something else is HS Fall Ball mode! Sometimes its hard for me to believe I look forward with such anticipation to something with so little meaning, but I do.
After a summer of watching so much pro ball, its like I need a fix of reality, which MLB doesn’t provide. Something as simple as seeing a ball that merely touched the dirt on a pitch being thrown out of play in a ML game seem like fantasy, while balls that are bouncing off of concrete and asphalt continue to be tossed to the pitcher in reality.
Manicured fields as opposed to catch as catch can fields are also examples of fantasy vs reality, as are crowds numbering in the thousands, even for the worst of ML teams, while having 100 total fans for both teams would be considered quite a crowd.
Of course for me as a scorer, it’s a little different that I can score a MLB game using Gameday a year after its played, so there no reason to pay attention to each and every pitch or what happens on the field. No, now I have to get used to actually watching to see who comes to bat, who’s out in the field, not to mention actually having to check and double-check everything that takes place.
But the most trying thing will be having a roster of 28 players, many of whom I’m not at all familiar with, getting shoved in and out of games, often breaking substitution rules at the expense of getting some reps for everyone. IOW, its much more of a “playground” atmosphere than anything else anyone could experience for kids this age. Its truly the last bastion of opportunity and fun on a baseball field that has little or nothing to do with winning or losing, and I suppose that’s why I like it so much.
The pitcher who’s afraid to throw strikes, will soon be standing in the shower with the hitter who's afraid to swing.