After writing this article on how Baseball players are really overgrown children was an enjoyable experience because in every other English class i have been in all of the papers have been boring and too formal for my taste. With this one I felt like i was able to be let lose and truly explore what I could do with the keyboard at my fingertips. What I tried to bring light to what goes on in the Baseball community where folks aren't looking such as in the dugouts and off of the field. One strength I see in this paper is that I was able to give some useful examples of how we are like children such as the video of Elvis Andus and Adrian Beltre, and one of my favorite jokes to holler at a batter when he strikes out looking. One of the things I do wish I could've included is some videos of the dugout and locker room to show some of the things we do that people will most likely never see outside of those areas. I felt like I didn't need to use sources because I would be what is considered an expert of baseball because I have been playing from the age of four and I am now 21 and still playing. After reading the paper again I firmly believe that I was able to put my best foot forward in attempting to show people the other side of ballplayers. Being a Baseball player is something that holds a special place in my heart because it is the only thing I know in life and I have met some of my best friends while playing the best game in the land. I was also able to share a few of my memories from playing while putting together my photo essay. If i had enough time I would be able to dive deeper into each photo to share the story about it.
Fine, Gary Alan. With The Boys: Little League Baseball and Preadolescent Culture. Pg. 43-48.
Gary Alan Fine along with a few students performed a study on the world of Little League Baseball and the culture it creates with the young kids. Within the pages I will be using they attend the opening day of a Little league and observe what happens between the lines and in the dugouts. One example involves a man named Dino who buys gum before one of the games starts. When he gets to the dugout the kids surround him asking for the gum and Fine explains it as like feeding time at an aquarium. He is using specific examples of how baseball creates culture for the kids. He explains one pitcher who specifically models his pre-pitch ritual after some big leaguers, stating “his enthusiasm for the professional display of the game is also demonstrated in the way he reacts when the pitch is called a strike.”
"The 50 Greatest Yogi Berra Quotes." USA Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network, n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2016.
USA Today takes a look at some of the most famous quotes from former Yankee catcher Yogi Berra who was highly noted for his insightful but sometimes confusing quotes that are still used today in all sports. He was the man who was credited with the famous saying “It ain’t over til’ it’s over.” His sayings go great with my paper because it shows how baseball players talk and act when the cameras aren’t rolling. Berra was known for being a fun person to be around and that is what I’m trying to convey to the reader so they understand that ballplayers are fun people in the midst of a serious and mentally draining game we play. The quote I plan to use is “You can't think and hit at the same time." I will use this to help the reader learn that hitting a baseball is hard and that it is nothing but pure repetition and reaction.
"Lookout! Four Days in Chattanooga | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball." MiLB.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2016.
This source is mainly being used for the picture that is displayed within the page, it is a picture of a minor-league baseball player walking to the field from the clubhouse. To me this picture is a great representation of what every baseball player strives for. We all want to play professionally in some compacity and that walk from the clubhouse to the field is one that we picture in our dreams. Because of that reason I will be using the picture to show the reader what our goal is even if it isn’t set at a MLB stadium. I think it will help the reader visualize themselves making that walk to the dugout and up the steps to the field and seeing the fans lined up on the wall to get autographs and photos with them. Its something that a select few people that play baseball will ever experience in fact it’s a fraction of one percent of the players that play high school baseball.
"Science of Baseball: Biological Baseball | Exploratorium." Science of Baseball: Biological Baseball | Exploratorium. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2016.
In this source the author talks about the science of hitting a baseball, making it the arguably the hardest thing to do in al of sports. In my mind statistics are a good way to convey the authors thoughts within their argument. Using this helps my paper because it breaks down the different parts of hitting into each section of time from when the pitcher releases the ball to contact with the bat. There is a big part of this that I will paraphrase so I wont be quoting the whole article. The part that I will focus on is the small portion of time that the hitter has to decipher what pitch is coming and then decide whether to swing or not, which is within the first twelve feet of the release, keeping in mind that the distance between the mound and home plate is 60 feet 6 inches. This will also tie into the quote I am using from Yogi Berra that “You can’t think and hit at the same time.”
Zac Aubrey Corona." BeRecruited. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2016.
This site is a recruiting website for high school and junior college players of all sports and in this particular section Zac Aubrey is talking about the statistics of how many players from each level of baseball move up to the next. Its useful for my paper in helping the reader realize how hard it is to move on to the next level of baseball. This is another source that I will be paraphrasing so I’m not just copying and pasting the whole thing. I think this is another good way of putting into perspective just how hard baseball is and why we work so hard to achieve our goals, all while having fun because we never know when we will lace up our spikes for the last time. The big thing to remember about this source is that it is only addressing the statistics of American baseball players. The reader needs to remember that out of all of the draft pics each year that there are many international players that will be selected, making it even harder for the American baseball player to reach the pros.
Klopman, Michael. "Baseball Players Get To Have All Of The Fun (VIDEOS, GIFs)." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.
This is an article written by Michael Klopman about how baseball players have fun. I think it will be perfect for my essay because it is exactly what I am trying to explain to the reader, that we have more fun than people may see and that it is a privilege to be able to be a member of this community. Klopman explains some of the things that happen at a baseball game such as pies in the face when a certain player gets a walk-off hit, the Gatorade shower for the same reason, or occasionally both. He also mentions the standoff that used to happen before games where players from each team will stand on the field like they would if the national anthem is playing but they continue afterward and whoever stays out longer wins. I may even use one of the pictures in the article to give the reader a visual of the unfiltered fun that we can have on the field.
Lehnardt, Karin. "95 Awesome Facts about Baseball | FactRetriever.com." FactRetriever.com. N.p., 20 Aug. 2016. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.
Karin Lehnardt posted an article with facts that most people may not know. This could help my essay by giving something fun for the reader to learn about the game so they may understand it more as Americas Past-Time. Facts such as how the Cincinnati Red Stockings were the first professional baseball team and in their first season they went without a single loss making them also the only un-defeated professional baseball team. There are many fun facts that I believe will be good for the reader to know and I think they may help keep the paper easy to read and more enjoyable.
Wagner, James. "Major Leaguers Have Time on Their Hands." The Washington Post. WP Company, n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.
James Wagner writes this article in the Washington Post about how baseball players spend their time off the field when they aren’t engaged in a game. He states that it is perfectly normal for a manager to get to the ballpark about seven hours before the first pitch and subsequently the players arrive up to five hours before the game. He helps answer the question of what baseball players do in their down time because there is a surplus of it. I think this could be useful in my essay by giving examples of what goes on in the club house before the games. Those things could include hitting in the batting cages, lifting, getting a good stretch, or as simple as playing video games or cards. There also can be team meetings, pranks and different orientation procedures such as the pink princess backpack for the newly called up rookies.
Hayhurst, National MLB Columnist Nov 5, 2014, Dirk. "Offseason Not a Fun Ride for Most." Bleacher Report. N.p., 08 Dec. 2016. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.
Dirk Hayhurst is writing for the popular sports website Bleacher Report in an article explaining what baseball players do during the offseason. He states that some players go on vacations, most of them workout or do drills in order to get better than they were for the next season. For some Minor-League ball-players they can make only two dollars a day and during the offseason they are forced to get jobs so they wont go broke. That all goes along with continuing to practice and get better. This could be useful for the essay because it has interviews with players about what they do in the offseason.
Murphy, Jen. "How a Major League Baseball Star Works Out in the Off-Season." The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, 07 Mar. 2016. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.
Jen Murphy writes about current MLB star Mike Trout and how he trains in the off-season. In the interview, Trout says that he refuses to pick up a baseball or even a bat during the winter so he can focus on building strength. His routine includes 90 minutes of training six times a week which includes the unconventional workout time being at 9pm, he explains that he sleeps better when he is exhausted. This source could help at the end of my paper where I will explain what we do during the winter. It will give the reader some insight from one of baseball’s most prolific players who has been the American League MVP in 2014 and runner up in 2012, 2013, and 2015. She later dives in deeper to Trout’s workout by getting to know what he does in the gym and his motivation behind it all.