My Office - Behind The Pate.
Of all the positions I played, catching was the best.
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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. Switching to catcher was the best thing I did as
a player. I had so much fun behind the plate.
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, Yogi Berra, Thurman Munson, Elston Howard, and Ivan
Rodriguez are a few of my catching heroes. Johnny Bench for his incredible arm and amazing power. Roy
Campenella for his amazing arm and incredible power. Hey that sounds familiar. I loved all the Yankees.
And Ivan - just an incredible talent.
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