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The Best Little League Baseball Advice
Posted April 12, 2006 at 08:15:02 AM by Bean in the Flashbacks category
When I was in elementary school, I played little league baseball. At first, I was a timid batter. I would rarely swing the bat. I PRAYED for the walk. I had no confidence at all, and that's why I batted last, played in the distant outfield, and hardley ever got on base. In short, I sucked.

Until, that is, my dad gave me the best advice a dad could ever give his little league son: watch the ball and swing at every pitch. That's saying as lot in little league, where pitchers aren't very accurate and pitches come high, low, in, and out more than they come down Main Street.

I followed his advice. Sometimes I chopped my bat way up high and sometimes I dug it into the dirt trying to hit that pitch, but every time I got up to bat after that, I hit the ball. Now, don't get me wrong - I did pop-out some, got thrown out some, etc. But I always hit the ball. By swinging the bat every time, I learned how to watch it come in, and eventually make contact. And nothing makes a kid playing little league baseball feel better than the *ding* of his own bat hitting the ball.
corbin (April 12, 2006 at 08:28:41 AM):
ahh, little league, those were simpler times!

also, this blog doesn't show up on trachbang
bean (April 12, 2006 at 08:34:23 AM):
I just blogged it... it'll show up within 30 minutes.

I went and watched soem little league last night. Watched a kid praying for his own walk... almost shouted to him "JUST SWING AT IT!" but feared the wrath of his mom/dad.
corbin (April 12, 2006 at 08:54:53 AM):
yeah, when i was in little league, i was kind of in the middle. if it was a clutch play, 2 outs or something like that, i'd wish for a walk, but if that wasn't the case, it didn't bother me much, and i'd swing. i can't wait to relive my youth through my kids
corbin (April 12, 2006 at 08:55:24 AM):
btw, some parents are just ridciulous, so bad you almost get embarrassed for the kid
bigD (April 12, 2006 at 09:40:30 AM):
I was a pretty good little leaguer. In fact, the year we went from 45 feet to 60 feet for the pitcher's mound, I never struck ote the whole year.

choke 'n' poke
ducks on the pond
burgers on the grill
John (April 12, 2006 at 09:42:22 AM):
Bean You should be a inspirational speaker with those tear jerkers.
Joe Dirt (April 12, 2006 at 09:53:05 AM):
Least favorite piece of advice for me was "never swing at the first pitch". Screw that, if I like the look of it I'm swingin'. Used to catch hell for that one.
bigD (April 12, 2006 at 09:54:42 AM):
No way dude, always take until they throw a strike.
bigD (April 12, 2006 at 09:55:39 AM):
Then swing away on the next good pitch.

Then, if you're standing there with 2 strikes, CHOKE 'N' POKE!
bean (April 12, 2006 at 09:59:20 AM):
You are both wrong.
The correct thing to do is swing at every pitch.
bigD (April 12, 2006 at 10:04:22 AM):
That's the correct thing to do if you suck.
corbin (April 12, 2006 at 10:04:23 AM):
bean, i hate to say it, but if you're trying to make someone a better player, swinging at every pitch is not the thing to do. when the pitcher realizes you swing at every pitch, they're all gonna be way outside...jackass
bigD (April 12, 2006 at 10:14:44 AM):
or at your head if I'm the pitcher
Brad (April 12, 2006 at 10:15:27 AM):
I sucked at little league as well. The only hit I got all year was a pop out to third base. THe only time I ever got to field was when the right fielder got knocked out by a foul ball from the high school field.
bean (April 12, 2006 at 10:18:24 AM):
Dude - it's little league. And LITTLE little league at that. Pitchers don't plot - they try to throw straight and fast - or atleast they did in my time. Read the fucking title of the blog. BETZ ADVICE EVAR.

Joe Dirt (April 12, 2006 at 10:36:28 AM):
1st pitch is perfect time to swing. Nobody is expecting you to, so a) the pitcher throws a piece of crap to make sure he gets a strike and to throw your speed off and burn you the next time, and b) fielders aren't ready. Probably had more 1st pitch hits than any other. Best were the liners that went right back to the pitcher and watching him scramble to get out of the way.
bigD (April 12, 2006 at 10:37:38 AM):
I would have thrown at your head.
bean (April 12, 2006 at 11:24:45 AM):
I agree with joe dirty butt. The first pitch swing catches everyone off guard.

bigD: you wouldn't have lasted long as a pitcher.
bigD (April 12, 2006 at 02:22:08 PM):
I lasted quite a while. Pitched all the way up until I quit, sophomore year of hike school.
corbin (April 12, 2006 at 02:24:09 PM):
and now you're a catcher
bigD (April 12, 2006 at 03:03:02 PM):
no, now I don't play baseball, based on reasons I think I described in my blog at some point
corbin (April 12, 2006 at 03:31:54 PM):
i didn't say you played baseball. i just said you're a catcher

bean (April 12, 2006 at 03:50:39 PM):
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