Getting to first base

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Getting to first base

Post by Erik_Kowal » Tue Jul 19, 2005 1:30 am

"I've seen plenty of batting slumps," the baseball team manager remarked to one of his coaches, "but I've never had a whole line-up in a slump before."

The team had lost ten of its last twenty games, scoring only eight runs during that whole stretch. The best they'd done was four hits in a game.

"We have to try something different," the manager continued.

"What do you have in mind?" the batting coach asked warily.

"I'm going into the batting cage myself," the manager said.

With a sinking stomach, the coach pleaded with him not to follow such a crazy idea, but his boss was desperate enough to risk anything.

So with the entire team watching him, he swung at the first pitch and missed. He missed the second pitch. Ditto the third, fourth, and fifth. On the sixth pitch, he just nicked the ball, which dribbled feebly back to the pitcher's mound.

The manager slammed his bat to the ground and turned round to glare at his players, red-faced and sweating.

"That's exactly how you guys look at the plate!" he yelled. "Now get up there and HIT the ball!"
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