Great Moments in T-Ball

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My son Carlo — that’s him in the Cubbies cap — has spent the last week in a T-ball camp. Pretty low-key thing. Basically, getting 5 and 6-year-olds used to throwing a ball around, listening to coaches and generally having the first clue of what actually happens in a baseball game.  Keeps ’em off the streets anyway.

I just spent the last hour watching their “game,” which was the culmination of the camp.  It was fun enough.  Coach pitches to them and if they can’t hit it in three tries, they get to smack it off the tee.  Everyone had fun.

Until the ugliness started.

Carlo singled to first.  Then, the next kid hit a bullet. Well, a bullet for a six-year-old, meaning that the ball went past the mound.  Carlo took off from first and rounded second!  But then, realizing he wouldn’t make third, he tried to get back to the bag.  This happened:

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Then, as you might expect, this happened:

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Carlo Hustle.  I can’t say I’m not a little proud.  But I can’t say I’m not a lot worried.

Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.