It's that time of year again when major league baseball is just beginning to really dig into their season for the year. It is also the time of year when little leaguers are in the height of their season. My little brother Will plays for a team called the Redhawks in the Muskogee League. At the beginning of the season, he almost hit one of the park so to speak. He was even in the tradional #4 power hitter spot (although that was Lou Gehrig and not the Babe's spot). That night he coincidentally had a black eye...and so Petey Ruth was born.
Sadly, Petey's season took an unfortunate turn of events after that hit. We soon found ourselves in one serious little league slump. Stuck between the pressure of hitting and trying to maintain his confidence my brother struck out 5 times in a row. He was moved to the bottom of the lineup and his coach began to sit him regularly. Another part of the story is that my brother has been playing 3rd base for about 1-2 years for this same team. (It also should be noted that he's played with this team since t-ball.) And I guess as a result of this slump, he was moved to the outfield...right field to be specific.
Unhappy does not even begin to describe him these days. My brother is learning a lesson of humility mixed in with a little dose of politics at the ripe old age of 11. I feel so bad for him. All of this baseball talk has me a thinking about the one and only great Bambino. I looked for some motivation to give my brother. And here's what I've found...
- Upon moving to the Yankees, Ruth transition from a pitcher to a power-hitting outfielder was complete. In his fifteen year Yankee career, consisting of over 2,000 games, Ruth re-wrote the record books in terms of his hitting achievements -- but made only 5 widely-scattered token appearances on the mound, almost incidentally compiling a perfect 5-0 record as a Yankee pitcher.
So even though the Sultan of Swat was known as a pitcher things changed due to his fantastic hitting career. Practice makes perfect and the Great Bambino realized that.
- Despite his suspension, Ruth started his 1922 season on May 20 as the Yankees' new on-field captain. But five days later, he was ejected from a game for throwing dirt on an umpire, and then climbed into the stands to confront a heckler; Ruth was subsequently stripped of the captaincy.
Attitude gets you nowhere. Just because you can hit well, does not mean that you are exempt from getting too big for your britches.
- Lineup and Roster
1927 NY Yankees Batting Lineup
CF Earle Combs .356, 6 HR, 64 RBI, 231 H
SS Mark Koenig .285, 3 HR, 62 RBI
RF Babe Ruth .356, 60 HR, 164 RBI
1B Lou Gehrig .373, 47 HR, 175 RBI
LF Bob Meusel .337, 8 HR, 103 RBI, 47 2B
2B Tony Lazzeri .309, 18 HR, 102 RBI
3B Joe Dugan .269, 2 HR, 43 RBI
C Pat Collins .275, 7 HR, 36 RBI
1927 NY Yankees Complete Roster
C - Pat Collins
1B - Lou Gehrig
2B - Tony Lazzeri
3B - Joe Dugan
SS - Mark Koenig
LF - Bob Meusel
CF - Earle Combs
RF - Babe Ruth
A man who was part of Murderer's Row and one of the first 5 EVER inducted into the Hall of Fame...played right field.
My point is that you can't let yourself get down bubba. Love you.
P.S. Yes this counts for Educational Day people.