“But I Miss The ‘Take-Out’ Plays!”


(October 18, 2018)

‘in-the-neighborhood’

double-plays now history:

but I miss ‘take-outs’*

 

*(While listening to American League Championship baseball Series I hadda agree that the old-style In-The-Neighborhood granted double-play rulings, long a personal foul in my sense of right, had been excised from The Blue Boys’ lexicon. But at the expense of disallowing – for admittedly righteous – ‘Take Out’ slides into Second-Sack reasons.  Yeah, I know some were spike-tries more than bustin’ up a shortstop of second-sacker’s legitimate lane to first, but, dahaymm! Weren’t them wipe-out plays sumpin’ to see!?  Before he became a famous bigtime scribbler one of my favorite youth sports stories writers penned a passage about a baserunner rounding third with two more comin’ behind with an arm-pumping motion to tell his ‘mates he was gonna wipe out the catcher – and the ball as well – sacrificing himself as the second out to score the next two guys behind to take the game in the bottom half of the final inning in which their team was trailing by one run.  No tie and extra-innings a true win-it-now-on-my-shoulders vignette.  Howard Fast was the writer (name just came to me as I typed this. Sanford Junior High Library: the book title I long ago forgot.  But a much later reading of a similar-styled book Slider by an author whose name I truly have forgotten, was about The Cape Cod League (wooden bat college summer league) in that legendary Massachusetts amateur baseball loop.  We now have a wooden-bat Summer college league here in Central Florida.  The Sanford River Rats play in a depression-era real minor league baseball stadium built to house the then Grapefruit League-based New York Giants all the way to when Jackie Robinson was denied entry in his Brooklyn Dodgers rookie season during Spring Training.  So Daytona Beach’s stadium got the honor of the legendary Mr. Robinson’s first Big League pro game.  Damnfool Stoopid Freaks Who Are Scared Of God’s Handiwork! Another celebration lost to fear and foolishness!)

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