My Office - Behind the Plate
I loved catching - I had the whole game in front of me. I could see
everything. Placing the fielders was my job. Seeing whether long fly balls
were fair or foul. What the pitcher had or lacked, I saw, as well. Did the
pitcher need a break in the action because he was tired? If he did I would pay
a little visit to the mound. The general on the field is what I was. A direct
link to the coach.
My office was behind the plate. Having played all the other positions was
great, but I felt the best place to be, was catching. I could cash in on all
the activity that was in front of me. I had an opportunity to shape the game.
I had power in my office that I did not have anywhere else on the field except
for maybe pitching. I loved that responsibility.
Seeing a batter leaning one way and then calling the pitch that I thought
would get him out was one strategy I successfully used. Striking out a batter
was a joint effort between the pitcher and I. I felt it was my job to study
the batter and then relay any useful information I got, back to the pitcher.
My stock as a catcher increased when the pitcher pitched well. I felt I had to
find the weakness in the batter. That was part of my job. And then calling the
game was the essence of being a catcher.
If there was a background check on all the catchers that ever played, I think
there is one thing that would be common. They all studied the game.
Johnny Bench, Roy Campanella, Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra are a few of my
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