Some of my friends have already given up on the Pittsburgh Pirates for this year and I have to admit it does look grim.As I watched the Buccos lose the other night with a catcher on the mound to finish the final inning; I began to add up the Pirates injuries. Sure we are missing our pitching ace (Gerrit Cole)and although two of our other starters aren’t injured but they are playing like the are. However,nobody is missed more that this guy. Hurry back Francisco, we need you!
People may argue that the job of baseball pitcher, quarterback or hockey goalie are the hardest sports jobs. I disagree it has to be a MLB catcher. Unlike pitchers and quarterbacks they play every day, every play and unlike goalies they perform many functions.
They need intelligence and teamwork to be able to call the game and work as a unit with a variety of pitchers. They get beat up physically on almost every play and need to squat for long periods of time. They get hit by balls and bats and have the umpire breathing down their neck. Oh and they should be able to hit. I don’t see how they can walk after a game. It’s a tough job, tell this guy he’s not as tough as a goalie.
Before the game, I spoke “Pirate” to a barkeep outside the stadium and ordered grog for a mere pittance of what it cost inside the stadium. Of course the barkeep was a Pirate with eye-patch,bandana and parrot on his shoulder. I have of course seen the Presidents run in Washington and the Sausages run in Milwaukee on television but was totally surprised by the Perogies and thought about the days of “Babushka Power” You can see other images and buy prints and apparel at my commercial site.
Last year we saw the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago Whitesox at U.S. Cellular Field. Of course we were rooting for Chicago with our daughter and boyfriend who are Chicagoans. Last Monday we saw the Athletics beat our beloved Pittsburgh Pirates. I am never going to any A’s games again…ever! Of course it was fun just being at PNC Park. Before the game I had my beer served to me by a Pirate wearing an eyepatch and bandanna. Our conversation was entirely in Pirate! Yarrgh!
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Albert Pujols has been called The Machine. He is one of the most powerful hitters in baseball today and maybe all time. Unfortunately, we got to see him prove it at a recent Yankee game. Here he is seeing something he is very familiar with, the intentional walk, You can buy a print of this at my commercial site by clicking here.
There is no doubt that the number two will be retired after Derek Jeter hangs it up. He will join, Ruth, DiMaggio,Mantle and Gehrig as one of the greatest Yankees ever. I have been fortunate to see some greats play: Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, Roberto Clemente and now Derek Jeter. You can buy a print of this image on my commercial site by clicking here