With the start of Grapefruit League games set to start this week, Dusty Baker is worried. He’s worried about the lack of practice time that you can get in because of the distance between each team playing in the league. So getting the important stuff in before the games start on Wednesday is imperative. First up on the agenda? Sliding. Yes, you read that right. Not hitting drills, not defensive drills, sliding.
You probably get more injuries sliding than any other thing,” Baker said on Sunday. We’re going to try and get sliding in [Monday]. We have cutoff relays, popups. You never get everything in because there are not enough days before the games. You try to get to some of the most important stuff done early and then add on as you play the games.
Now, I won’t lie and say that I’ve been playing baseball all my life. I can’t even say that I’ve ever played organized baseball. (Too slow for me. I preferred football and basketball) But I have to believe once you become a pro, sliding is pretty much second nature. It’s something that you work on while playing the game. I liken it to a running back working on his spin move or a basketball player working on his crab dribble. You don’t need no stinkin drills for that.
Whether I’m wrong or right, it really doesn’t matter. What does matter is that the Reds suck and they need to be working on something other than sliding. But what else can be expected of Dusty Baker?