The younger coach was hitting fungoes
to the ones in the outfield, yelling at them for running away from the balls instead of coming after them.
While our boys, all three of them, are willing to indulge dear old dad in a little spirited play--whether it be hockey (the driveway variety), basketball (I put up the net myself), football (as long as I'm QB), or baseball (usually Wiffle Ball, but I do hit fungoes
and throw BP at the park)--when it comes time to hit the fairway or the driving range, we usually seek out our daughter, a tenacious and feisty midfielder who doubles as a determined cross country runner to stay in shape for soccer.
Looking at him doubtfully, Huggins said, "Hit out some fungoes
, throwing batting practice, working with infielders, trying to give players the edge he learned watching brothers Jim and Larry growing up in the San Fernando Valley.
He's quite a guy,'' said Padres majority owner John Moores, watching Lopes hit fungoes
during batting practice this week.
The boys of Eugene summer are the Emeralds, and they were back in June to run down fly balls and fungoes
in old Civic Stadium.
And he hardly went through any withdrawal - no late-night cravings to hit fungoes
or fill out any lineup cards.
Added manager Steve Maddock: "She'll continue to be in the dugout with us, on the road, helping out with the little things, hitting fungoes
He helps the coaching staff by throwing batting practice, hitting fungoes
and doing soft-toss work with hitters.
CUTLINE: Red Sox manager Terry Francona, shown hitting fungoes
yesterday, is not expected to make wholesale lineup changes tonight, according to analyst Jerry Remy.
He can no longer hit fungoes
because of a bad right shoulder he injured many years ago when he ran into a blocking sled without pads while trying to teach his Doherty football team how to tackle.
With the resources Oregon invested in baseball, both through facilities and coaching salaries, the Ducks made it clear they weren't bringing back the sport so they could play catch and hit fungoes