Gary Carter on ‘The Baseball Bunch’


THROW TO FIRST BASE! HURRY!
OH, JEEZ, COME ON! SHERMAN,
GET HIM AT SECOND BASE. HIT THE CUTOFF MAN. THAT’S WAY OVER
THIRD BASE. COME ON, GUYS. HE’S COMING
INTO THIRD NOW. COME ON, CHICK. GO, CHICK!
ALL RIGHT! INSIDE-THE-PARK
HOME RUN. COME HERE. HAVEN’T YOU
TAUGHT THE BUNCH HOW TO LISTEN
TO THE CATCHER? I NEVER HAD
ANY PROBLEMS, BUT THEY NEED
A REFRESHER COURSE. WHEN CHICKEN
BUNTED THE BALL, I TOLD ANDY TO FIELD IT. I GOT THE BALL FIRST. I AM THE GENERAL, AND I TOLD ANDY
TO FIELD IT. HE HAD THE EASIER THROW, BUT YOU HAD TO
THROW THE BALL AWAY. EVERYTHING’S
IN FRONT OF ME, SO YOU LISTEN TO ME. IF YOU HAD, THIS MESS
WOULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED. I TELL THE THIRD
BASEMAN TO GET THE BALL, AND LOUIE
PICKS UP THE BALL. WHAT DOES HE DO? HE THROWS
THE BALL AWAY. SO WHAT HAPPENS NOW? SHERMAN
PICKS UP THE BALL. I COVER
BEHIND FIRST BASE. I TOLD SHERMAN
TO HIT SECOND BASE, BUT HE THROWS THE BALL
OVER THE THIRD BASEMAN’S HEAD, AND SAMMY’S BACKING UP. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENS. I TELL HIM
TO HIT THIRD BASE. HE THROWS IT
TO SECOND BASE. THE CHICKEN IS STILL STANDING
ON THIRD BASE. WE GOT A PLAY
AT HOME PLATE. YOU DIDN’T LISTEN
TO THE CATCHER. THEY THROW IT
OVER MY HEAD. THE CHICKEN GETS
AN INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN. YOU SHOULD HAVE
LISTENED TO THE CATCHER. HIT THE CUTOFF MAN. IT WAS THE THIRD
BASEMAN’S BALL. THAT’S ALL
YOU NEEDED TO DO. IT WOULD HAVE
NEVER HAPPENED. SOME THINGS YOU SEE
ON A BASEBALL FIELD MAKE YOU WANT TO SCREAM. WHEN YOU’RE A CATCHER, THEY MAKE YOU WANT
TO CLIMB A WALL. ♪ DIZZY ♪ ♪ I’M SO DIZZY ♪ ♪ MY HEAD IS SPINNING ♪ ♪ LIKE A WHIRLPOOL ♪ ♪ IT NEVER ENDS ♪ ♪ AND IT’S YOU, GIRL,
MAKING IT SPIN ♪ ♪ YOU’RE MAKING ME DIZZY ♪ ♪ I FINALLY GOT
TO TALK TO YOU ♪ ♪ AND I TOLD YOU
JUST EXACTLY HOW I FELT ♪ ♪ THEN I HELD YOU
CLOSE TO ME ♪ ♪ AND KISSED YOU
AND MY HEART BEGAN TO MELT ♪ ♪ GIRL, YOU’VE GOT
CONTROL OF ME ♪ ♪ BECAUSE I’M SO DIZZY
I CAN’T SEE ♪ ♪ I NEED TO CALL A DOCTOR
FOR SOME HELP ♪ ♪ DIZZY ♪ ♪ I’M SO DIZZY ♪ ♪ MY HEAD IS SPINNING ♪ ♪ LIKE A WHIRLPOOL ♪ ♪ IT NEVER ENDS ♪ ♪ AND IT’S YOU, GIRL,
MAKING IT SPIN ♪ ♪ YOU’RE MAKING ME DIZZY ♪ ♪ MY HEAD IS SPINNING… ♪♪ OH, WHAT NIGHTMARES! SINCE I’M NOT
CATCHING MUCH, I SLEEP BETTER. ALWAYS LISTEN
TO YOUR CATCHER. LET’S SEE HOW WELL
YOUR BUNCH LISTENS. YOU THREE
BE THE CATCHERS. YOU TWO,
THE BASE RUNNERS. THE REST OF YOU
GO TO YOUR POSITION. I’M GOING TO ROLL
A FEW BUNTS. REMEMBER TO SHOUT
YOUR COMMAND. I MEAN YELL LOUD. YOU ARE
THE FIELD GENERAL. LET THE FIELDERS KNOW WHERE TO THROW
THE BALL, OK? YELL OUT.
BE THE GENERAL. CHICKEN! CHICKEN, CHICKEN, CHICKEN! OH, NOW,
SAMMY, LISTEN. YOU COULD HAVE
MADE THAT PLAY. DON’T FORGET
ABOUT YOURSELF. YOU GOT TO BE QUICK. IF YOU CAN TAKE IT,
GO FOR IT. I’VE GOT
ALL THAT EQUIPMENT ON. I CAN’T GET THERE
FAST ENOUGH. THE TRICK IS
TO BE QUICK AND GET A GOOD JUMP
ON THE BALL. CHICKEN,
NOT LIKE THAT. WATCH. IF THERE’S A BUNT
DOWN THE THIRD BASE LINE, THERE’S TWO CORRECT WAYS– YOU CIRCLE THE BALL, AND YOU TRY
TO THROW RIGHT TO THE BAG. THERE’S ANOTHER WAY
OF DOING IT WHERE YOU PLANT,
PIVOT, WHIRL, AND THROW, AND PICK UP
THE FIRST BASEMAN, AND NOT JUST WHIRL AROUND
AND THROW. I LIKE THE PIVOT
AND WHIRL METHOD. SO DO I, RICK, BUT SOMETIMES CIRCLING
AROUND IS QUICKER. LET’S DO SOME PLAYS. LET’S GET INTO POSITION. HERE WE GO. GET ON THAT BALL. NOW THAT’S OK, SAM, BUT YOU WANT TO BE ABLE
TO CIRCLE AROUND THAT BALL, MAKE THE PIVOT, GIVE A GOOD STANCE, STAND, AND THEN THROW. PICK UP THE BASE
DOWN THERE. YOU WANT TO SEE WHERE
YOU’RE THROWING IT. OK. HERE WE GO.
READY? JESS,
JUMP ON IT! THROW HIM OUT! JOHN, YOU HAVEN’T
LOST THE TOUCH. ONCE YOU HAVE IT, YOU KNOW
YOU HAVE IT. GET OUT THERE,
RICK. THROW HIM OUT! ALL RIGHT! HE HELD ON TO IT! NICE GOING! JOHN, YOU’RE
GETTING BETTER, EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE
PLAYING THIRD THIS YEAR. READY, JESS? BLOW IT OUT. COME ON. NO, NO, NO, CHICKEN. THE ONLY THING “FOWL” HERE
IS YOU. WE DECIDED TO WORK
ON THE SUICIDE SQUEEZE PLAY. I WAS GLAD
TO SACRIFICE THE CHICKEN. CHICKEN,
CHICKEN, BE BRAVE. TAKE IT LIKE A BIRD. REMEMBER,
DON’T LOOK BACK. SOMETHING MAY BE
GAINING ON YOU. ALL YOU GOT TO DO
IS TAKE A PITCH, AND THIS CHICKEN’S
GOOSE IS COOKED. IT’S AGAINST
MY BETTER JUDGMENT, BUT I GUESS
THE CHICKEN’S
ALWAYS FAIR GAME. ALL RIGHT. OUT! YOU ARE DEAD! I GOT YOU NOW. I GOT YOU NOW. GO HOME! IN THE CUTTHROAT WORLD
OF THE SUICIDE SQUEEZE, YOU’RE JUST
ANOTHER STATISTIC. DID YOU HAVE TO
TAG HIM SO HARD? HE’S JUST
HAMMING IT UP. HE’S NOT HURT. I CAN PLAY TAG.
WHAT’S A TAG PLAY? THAT’S WHEN THE RUNNER
COMES INTO THE BASE, AND YOU HAVE TO
TAG HIM OUT. ANYTIME A RUNNER
IS NOT FORCED TO A BASE, THE RUNNER
MUST BE TAGGED. IF YOU’RE LYING DOWN, LIE OVER HERE
WHERE WE CAN USE YOU. PUT YOUR FEET
CLOSE TO THE BAG. PUT YOUR BEAK
THE OTHER WAY. THE FIRST THING IS
WE HAVE TO CATCH THE BALL. FOR EXAMPLE,
WE HAVE A PERFECT THROW. WE HAVE TIME
TO MAKE THE TAG. WE TAG HIS FEET
AND PULL IT OUT. WE PULL IT OUT
SO WE DON’T GET SPIKED AND HE WON’T KICK THAT BALL
OUT OF OUR GLOVE. PUT THE BALL
DEEP IN THE GLOVE, AND MAKE THE TAG. NO MATTER WHAT HE DOES,
YOU’VE GOT HIM. IF THE BALL ISN’T THROWN
IN A PERFECT POSITION, YOU MIGHT MAKE A SWEEP TAG. A SWEEP TAG IS
WHEN WE CATCH THE BALL, AND WE MAKE THE PLAY
LIKE THIS. TAG HIM RIGHT THERE. YOU SEE WHERE I TAGGED HIM? MAKE SURE YOU TAG HIM
BELOW THE KNEES, NEVER UP HERE. IN THAT POSITION,
HIS FEET ARE EXTENDED. HIS FEET MAY GET IN
BEFORE YOU TAG HIM. SEEMS SIMPLE, RIGHT? WRONG. WRONG. THERE ARE ALL KINDS
OF SITUATIONS INVOLVING TAG PLAYS. HARDLY A GAME GOES BY
WITHOUT A CLOSE ONE. HERE, JIM RICE
TRIES FOR THIRD BASE. THE TAG IS MADE
WAY UP BY HIS KNEE. TAGGING TOO HIGH
CAN COST YOU OUTS. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS TRY TO TAG THE RUNNER
ON THE FOOT. THERE ARE
A LOT OF SITUATIONS THAT CALL
FOR IMPROVISATION. A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER– GUARD THE BASE,
HOLD ON TO THAT BALL, AND BE SURE YOUR GLOVE
TOUCHES THE RUNNER, EVEN IF IT’S BEHIND
YOUR BACK. I’M READY. LET’S GET
THIS CONTEST STARTED. THE TAG TEAM’S
READY. WHAT’S GOING ON? HERE WE GO.
1, 2, 3. ALL RIGHT!
LET’S DO IT! I GOT THE WINNING TEAM. I GOT
GREAT SPEED THERE. WE’LL JUST SHOW YOU. WHEN I SAY “GO,”
WING THE BALL HERE. WE’LL MAKE THE TAG HERE. AFTER YOU COME IN AND THEY’VE MADE THEIR TAGS, WE’LL SWITCH POSITIONS, OK? THE TEAM THAT MAKES
THE MOST TAGS WINS. LET’S GO. GO! COME ON! LOUIE,
SLIDE IN THERE. YOU’RE OUT! HEY, COME ON UMP. I’LL GIVE IT
TO YOU. COME ON, BILLY! COME ON! YOU’RE OUT BY A MILE. HEY, HE WAS SAFE. YOU SOUND
LIKE THE CHICKEN. COME ON NOW. COME ON, MICHELLE. COME ON, SLIDE! YOU WEREN’T SUPPOSED
TO TACKLE HER, SAM. I GOT YOU. THREE FOR THREE.
NICE GOING, GANG. HERE WE GO. COME ON!
COME ON! AW, MAN. HEY, WHAT’S
THE DEAL? WE GOT TO DO
THE SAME THING. COME ON.
SWITCH IT AROUND. COME ON NOW,
CHICK. DO THE SAME
FOR US. COME ON. COME ON, WE GOT TO GET
FOUR TAGS ALSO. GO! THAT’S ONE OUT. THAT A BABY! THAT’S ALL RIGHT.
NICE GOING. READY? GO. IT’S GOING
TO BE CLOSE. THAT’S TWO. ALL RIGHT, BILLY.
GOOD TRY, BUDDY. GO! COME ON! YES, SIR. READY? GO! COME ON, MICHELLE.
CATCH IT. PUT IT ON HIM!

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