It’s about Baseball: Five Tools and No Snow Shovel
Spring. Baseball. Perfectly matched together.
I grew up in Central New York where springtime meant shoveling and cleaning up the local baseball park of all the debris leftover from where the township dumped what winter deposited on our roads, just so we could play ball.
Spring once meant that the Triple A Syracuse Chiefs would come home to the farm with the future New York Yankee stars for all the locals to see.
This spring I look forward to my first Washington Nationals game.
I am a season ticket holder of a mini-package. I feel a connection back home since I now get to see “The Kid” as National’s Manager Davey Johnson calls Bryce Harper. Harper only spent a few weeks in Syracuse – not enough time to enjoy the farm club. But Davey Johnson must know better about time spent in Central NY and the Triple A clubs, he spent a long year with the Rochester Red Wings (Baltimore Orioles) in 1965 before being called up to Baltimore in 1966.
I have been fixated to news feeds and MASN these past five days to follow “the Kid” as he makes his way to and in, DC. I will eventually turn my camera lens towards him but for now I want to sit back and enjoy his youthful exuberance for the game. He just may possess those coveted five-tools. A player that excels at hitting for average, hitting for power, base running skills and speed, throwing ability, and fielding abilities.
I am glad he left the farm club early this spring without using a snow shovel; he’d probably excel at that too.
Follow me on Twitter @Photoloaf – as I report on Bryce Harper’s play at the Saturday, May 5th game against the Philadelphia Phillies.