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I’ve got two boys that I’m raising and so far they have picked up none of my bad habits. Now that I’m a family man, I left the rock band thing that I did when I was younger. I spent age 17 to 35 or so moonlighting as lead vocalist with a little keyboard playing to help fill out the sound with different bands over those years, Ranging from high school garage bands to serious regional bands that toured a little and to local bands that got it’s ya-ya’s out in small clubs around the area. I was never close to the big time and never expected to get close; I just had a good time doing it. I realized I had to quit because my kids were young and demanding and it was too hard to function as a parent on Sunday morning when you got back from Warroad at . God, do I miss the band thing, but my life with my kids is beyond words and I have no regrets, just a little longing that would probably go away a couple of weeks later if I got back into it again.
My life is Family, Work and Youth Sports right now and it’s been blur.
The Twins lost 4-1 last night.
Baseball is a game of moments. Making plays in the field, Key Pitches and Key hits at the right time determine the outcome of games. Covering for your teammates when they make a mistake is crucial. I know that sounds obvious but it's simple and yet it gets lost in all the stats that have invaded the game.
Let's look at the bottom of the 1st inning for an example. After all, the 1st inning turned out to be the fateful inning.
The Twins scored in the top of the 1st. Twins up 1-0 to start the bottom of the 1st... PJ retired the 1st batter and Eric Hosmer batting next hit a fairly routine ground ball to SS Pedro Florimon that he bobbled and while trying to recover from the bobble he threw the ball over Morneau's head and into the dugout for a 2 base error. It's now runner on 2nd and 1 out when it should have been nobody on and two out. That's a huge difference!!! The next batter was Salvador Perez and he hit a soft liner into LF. Just a lucky little hit and Hosmer comes around to score to tie the game when Hosmer shouldn't have been in scoring position. This is unearned run because of the error because Hosmer shouldn't have been on base. Walters walked the next batter to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Walters retired the next batter on a flyball for the 2nd out. Back to the error... Without the error from Florimon earlier that flyball for the 2nd out would have been the third out and at that point any runs to follow would also be unearned. Walters walked the next batter to load the bases and then rookie David Lough ripped a double scoring two more runs and the Royals are up 3-1. Walters didn't recover well from Florimon but his stat line will look great. 6 innings pitched... 0 Earned Runs.
Nobody is perfect... Especially in baseball. Errors happen but when I say that baseball is all about plays at the right time. The above 1st inning is exactly what I'm talking about. PJ Walters doesn't have a ton of major league experience and in the first inning you are just settling in to what you hope will become a groove. 1-0 lead and a two base error can be a little unsettling for a young pitcher trying to settle in. Follow that with a little blooping single and a young pitcher can become frustrated... OK the error happens... now you got to try to make better pitches when you are trying to find yourself... just to cover for your teammate. That leads to a couple of walks because you can't leave a ball fat in the zone with a runner in scoring position and ultimately a mistake pitch for a double and 3 runs scored in the inning when none should have. That's a big inning and big innings are hard to over come.
As for the offense... They had plenty of chances to pick up Florimon and Walters for the bad 1st inning and come back from that two run deficit.
In the third... They had runners on 1st and 2nd with two out and came up empty.
In the fourth... They had a runner at 2nd with two out and came up empty.
In the sixth... They had a runner at 1st and 2nd with two out and came up empty.
In the seventh... They loaded the bases and came up empty.
In the ninth... They had runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out before finishing with 3 straight strikeouts.
That was 5 chances to get a key hit to bring them back from the 1st inning mistakes and 5 failures.
It doesn't matter if you hit .220 or .300... This is the difference between winning and losing. Getting Key Hits... Key Pitches and Key Catches in the moments that they are needed.
Last night's game was over in the 1st inning. Baseball Games should never be over in the 1st inning.