Is the Catcher the hardest working player in Baseball? Well, I think so.
Many who follow baseball may find argument with my position here. But I honestly think that the catcher, by a narrow margin, perhaps, is truly the most demanding position in the sport.
Now,I am certainly NOT an expert, just a fan. But my thinking is that any person who, not only, must put on extra protective equipment, go scrambling all over the area to retrieve a fast ball that goes errant, protect the home plate, make snap throws to another position to throw out a runner, take brutal punishment from freight trains,(er, excuse me, i mean "other runners" who come plowing into home plate like the a Canadian Pacific loaded freight train charging down grade from Kamloops), and stay alert to every runner, every position, and signals from the coach in the dugout, AND catch a 100 Plus Mile pitch,...well, I think you get my point.
The pitcher has a very physically demanding job, no doubt and he has to throw perfection on every pitch, and yes, he has to back up first base and catcher when things go sour.
The other positions have to be ready at all times to retrieve, run, throw and stand pat for a sliding runner. But the catcher is just that - he "catches" everything.
This is a boring sport to some, but a very entertaining one to me. I hope you like this image and if you disagree with my viewpoint here, take it up with the Umpire..He''s that big burly guy with the Chest Protector.
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire