Joe Riggins, the coach of the Durham Bulls in Bull Durham simplified the game of baseball….
“This is a simple game…you throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball.”
My Dad may have been more wise than Riggins. During a game when I played for the T-Ball Blue Jays, my Dad had a simple message for me.
“Don’t worry about strikeouts or walks or hits. They are just numbers. Just get on base. And when you get on base, score. If that means you get hit…you get hit.”
Like I said, he is a wise man. Get on base and score.
That message is resonating with the Indians this year.
You’ll hear about Cleveland’s horrific average. Right now they are batting a lowly .255 (it’s crept up 8 points over the past week), which is 17th in the league. You’ll hear about a bunch of strikeouts, 209 to be exact, 4th most in the league.
Here’s what you won’t hear a lot about.
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