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The unwritten rules of baseball

June 9, 2008

by Aaron Schultz

Baseball, probably more than any other sport, has a handful of unwritten rules, that anybody that plays the game should know.

One of those rules I have come across twice this spring, and both times, I am pretty sure the other team had no idea of the rule.

The unwritten rule I am speaking of is that when one team is up by, say, seven to nine runs, you stop stealing and bunting, and don’t try to rub it in too much.

The first time I came across this rule was in a high school game, a game that didn’t go all that well for my squad.

We were down by a lot early, and the other team pretty much took it to us, beating us in every aspect of the game.

Trailing by 12 runs in the third inning, I was a little surprised when the other coach still had his kids stealing bases and bunting.

To say the least, I was a little upset by the situation, and with it being high school baseball, there wasn’t much I could do.

Sure, if that situation would happen in town team baseball, the other team would be sure to have a batter that gets a pitch in his ribs to let them know that we weren’t all that happy with what they were doing.

But in high school, you don’t have kids throw at the other team, so I just had to sit there and take it. Not one of my happier days in baseball.

The next situation happened just this past week in a town team game.

The Wildcats were playing in a pretty tight game against the Cologne Hollanders, trailing for much of the game.

However, as the game went on, we took a lead, and had a four-run lead heading into the bottom of the eighth.

Now, anyone knows that four-run leads are not always safe, so we looked to tack on a few more runs in that eighth inning.

One of the Wildcats bunted for a single and then stole second.

To hear the Cologne dugout, one would have thought we were up by 20 runs.

They yelled that we were just trying to pad our stats.

Please! It was a four-run game, and it is time that you figure it out.

Four-run leads are never truly safe. Just a few games back, the Wildcats were up by five runs in the ninth, and nearly blew that lead.

When you get a chance to build on your lead in the late innings, you do it, unless you are winning by eight to nine runs.

Maybe it is time for me to publish an unwritten rules of the game baseball book?

Nah, the people that would need to read it, wouldn’t.

Top 100 movie quotes

The top 100 movie quotes picked by ESPN continue, with quotes 20 through 16.

• 20: “What about Brett Fav-ruh?”
From the movie “There is Something About Mary.”

• 19: “I’m gonna make Gretzky’s head bleed for SuperFan99 over here.”
From the movie “Swingers.”

• 18: “Jocks only think about sports. Nerds only think about sex.”
From the movie “Revenge of the Nerds.”

• 17: “Mike Eruzione! Winthrop, Massachusetts! I play for the United States of America!”
From the movie “Miracle.”

• 16: “Well, Nuke’s scared because his eyelids are jammed and his old man’s here. We need a live . . . is it a live rooster? We need a live rooster to take the curse off Jose’s glove, and nobody seems to know what to get Millie or Jimmy for their wedding present.”
From the movie “Bull Durham,” only the greatest baseball movie of all time.