Kate Meckler And Baseball Spring Training

I (Kate Meckler) have been a baseball fan as long as I can remember. My father (Meckler) was a strong New York Yankees fan and I have followed suit. I started going to baseball games at 3 years old.

A big highlight was appearing on the big screen at Yankee Stadium when I was about 5 years old while sitting on my father’s lap. In addition to going to many Yankee games every season my father used to take us to spring training games. When the Chicago White Sox were in Sarasota, Florida we would go to the field downtown that had wooden stands. In those days you could get very close to the field and the players.

I remember Bill Stoneman, then of the Montreal Expos, and today a baseball front office executive. H was sitting in the bullpen area of the park chatting with his teammates. He looked up and spoke to us. One of our other trips was to Vero Beach, Florida which was the spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now the Dodgers train in Arizona (as do the White Sox). The highlight of visiting Dodgertown (as it was called) was seeing the great Sandy Koufax giving instruction to a young Dodger pitcher.

Koufax is considered one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. So now we are in mid-February 2017 and another baseball season is getting underway, Yes. It is spring training taking place in Florida and Arizona. Pitchers and catchers report today and then in a week or so the position players show up for training. The practice games start around 1 March.

I am planning to go to spring training once again with my son. We will visit either the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Florida or the Baltimore Orioles who now train in Sarasota, Florida. The Pittsburgh ballpark Pittsburghpirates.comĀ spring training in Bradenton is the second oldest professional baseball field in America. Only Wrigley Field is older.

Kate Meckler On The New England Patriots and Muhammad Ali and the Rope A Dope

Watching the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl on Sunday was incredibly exciting! It almost seemed that the Patriots planned a strategy whereby they laid back and let the Atlanta Falcons think they were going to have an easy victory. This reminded me of the time the great Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman for the heavyweight boxing title back in 1974. The fight took place in Zaire in Africa. The temperature at fight time was about 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Muhammad Ali allowed George Foreman to control the pace of the fight for 8 rounds.

Ali stayed on the ropes and covered his torso and face as best he could with his arms and gloves. Foreman attacked relentlessly. He pummeled Ali with hundreds of body blows. Most of the blows were absorbed by Ali’s arms and gloves. Those watching. I have read, presumed that Ali would be knocked out at any moment during the first 8 rounds. BUT, starting in the 9th round Ali took the offensive and went after George Foreman with a great fury.

Foreman was so exhausted he could hardly defend himself and shortly thereafter Ali knocked out George Foreman and became heavyweight champion of the world. Does this remind you of the New England Patriots victory this past Sunday? Very similar. The Falcons had their way for almost three quarters. But soon the Patriots took over and scored 25 unanswered points and won the game. The Falcons were mentally and physically exhausted and offered little to no resistance. The Ali strategy became known as the “rope-a-dope” plan. The rope a dope is now term used quite often in sports and business literature. In the end the rope a dope defeated the Falcons.