The former Yogi Berra, a great baseball player and master of malaprop, once ruled out a popular restaurant: “Nobody goes there today. It’s crowded.”
I heard the same thing in St. About Lucie Mets games. Except for the part about being overcrowded.
During my time living on the Treasure Coast, I’ve heard quite a few people in terms that don’t describe small league baseball team games. To hear some tell, spend a summer night at Clover Park in Port St. It’s as fun as sitting in the traffic on Lucie Boulevard.
I’ve been to a few games, rarely to all of them. There are about half a million people in Port St. Lucie is in the subway area, according to Census estimates, and on any given night, almost all of them are somewhere other than in the front yard.
At the risk of increasing the lines in the stadium toilets and concession stands, I will say that these non-presenters do not know what they are missing.
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With the New York Mets playing spring training games here, I understand why watching the team’s low A affiliate in action seems like a letdown.
There is no doubt that there is a different level of energy in spring training matches, and they attract a respectable crowd to see the best players in Major League Baseball prepare for the upcoming long season.
The difference in the level of talent between these games and the Florida State League is noticeable.
Sometimes, in the Florida State League, seemingly routine plays throw the first base into the boat. Baserunners make head mistakes. Occasionally, an outside player drops a fly ball to catch it while a Major League player is probably eating an ice cream cone.
In my opinion, this uncertainty adds to the fun. Watching the confusing game from time to time helps me appreciate the almost robotic precision of the Major League players even more.
Even in small leagues there is great human drama. Consider the case of Khalil Lee.
It’s one of the New York Mets ’biggest chances, but it dropped out of the Syracuse (New York) team’s AAA affiliate after struggling earlier in the season.
St. I saw her in one of her first games with Lucie Mets a few days ago. He played a trio in his first plate appearance and got the first round of the game. He then made two assists to win 4-1.
A match makes no return. But if Lee gets his act together and plays in the Major Leagues in a few years, I’ll have a funny “When I Remember” story to tell.
That’s just what happens with these low-key A players: some of them may become and will become superstar of the future.
Of course, it’s always more entertaining to see a winning team, St. As Lucie Mets have been. In this writing, they had the best record in the Florida State League.
There is more to see on the field than action. The team sometimes fills in the gaps in the game with competition and ups and downs.
In the last game I went, I saw a kid doing a similar return to the Kentucky Derby to win an inning tire race. I saw two other kids trying to outdo each other in the human bobblehead competition, which only hurt my head when I saw it.
My friend Jason Grant won a Jimmy Johns coupon by shaking the names of nine different music genres in just a few seconds – a spectacular feat since his performance aired on Jumbotron Stadium.
The pelota court is a place for families. When the young boys and girls who were sitting in the queue in front of us seemed to be uneasy, their father promised to let them play on the grass in the outer seat.
I know when I was a little restless in baseball games in the past. But minor league baseball is using the field clock this season, which is literally a game changer.
Under the new rules, pitchers have 14 seconds to throw the ball to the plate, or 18 seconds if one or more runners are at the base. The batsmen must enter the box and be ready to play within 30 seconds of the end of the previous game.
This means that there is less time for rosin bags to massage, adjust straps, spit, and other nonsense to complain about the slow pace of the game that gives ammunition to baseball critics.
How much difference does this rule change make? Well, according to the group, St. The Lucie Mets games averaged 2 hours and 30 minutes in the first 33 competitions of this season. During the same period last season, without the rules of the pitch clock in force, the average game time was 3 hours and 3 minutes.
As I wrote in March, Major League Baseball must accept the rules of the field clock to alienate a new generation of potential fans who don’t want to watch games that last longer than Lord of the Rings movies.
This change in top-level professional baseball could be seen as soon as next season.
In the meantime, I notice that Bera’s other well-known expression was, “You can observe a lot by looking.”
A long time ago St. If you haven’t watched Lucie Mets, you owe it to yourself to give it a different look.
This column reflects Blake Fontenay’s opinion. Contact him by email at [email protected] or by calling 772-232-5424.