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Rain rain Go away
May 11, 2010 - Michael Palmer
Baseball and softball season, for myself these are the fun sports we cover. Not that the other sports are not fun to participate in, hopefully they are. In my personal experience these two have been the most fun. I have played, coached and umpired both baseball and softball. I have played on and coached for teams that have not won a game in a season and for undefeated teams.
One son and two daughters kept me coaching for seventeen years and I hope to join an over 50 softball team either this summer or next.
Unlike some other sports that take place outdoors, rainout, washout and rain delay are terms that are the dread of players, coaches and of course tournament officials.
The rains this week cause all sorts of scheduling problems and headaches for the tournaments. All of the opening round of games must be played before the next round can begin and if it is avoidable you do not want to schedule baseball teams back-to-back tournament games.
Rain does not have to be a total bummer here are some things to do while it rains.
If you watch sports on television and read Sport Illustrated you are aware of the 2009 big east baseball tournament Dance off between USF and UCONN. This spontaneous fun event took place at bright house field May 21st, 2009. Filmed by the staff at Bright House Field. This dance off was a result of the two teams waiting though a 5 hour rain delay.
While playing baseball and softball is all fun and games for me, officiating baseball and softball requires thick skin. Like a basketball official you are danger close to the fans and unlike basketball, there is usually just one official that takes the brunt of the blame.
Each one has their own style of officiating. Some are laid back and casually mention the count every couple pitches. Others, and of course these are my personal favorites, announce the count loudly to each bench after every pitch.
The umpire for a recent game really went over the top with a strike out call. The player coming off the field was upset that he had been the ‘victim’ of this attack. I explained that he was the first player in that particular game that went down ‘looking’ or the umpire called the third strike and the batter did not swing.
It was reminiscent of Leslie Nielsen, aka Detective Frank Drebin who finds himself behind the plate at a major league baseball game. Watch the You tube clip or rent the movie and watch it again, it covers all the fun features of baseball. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
Hey! That's Enrico Pollatzo! There is also the blooper reel from the film if you recall on Angel vision in Dodger stadium. How about that!
The forecast calls for rain all week, well, maybe we will get in a game on Saturday or maybe the fields will hold up to the downpour and everything will go off on schedule. We will eventually get back on the fields. Until then enjoy the movie.
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