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For my fellow Yadi fansPosted Friday, August 7, 2009, at 3:35 PM
The story was written by the granddaughter of Yogi Berra (assuming here that Lindsay is a girl), so you have to believe she had a little insight into the mind of catcher going in to preparing for and writing the story. For what it's worth, I would have enjoyed the story even if my love for Yadi was significantly less because it is well written.
My favorite line from the story, which you can read here, was actually a quote from Kyle Lohse:
"Last year, I shook Yadi off only four times," says Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse. "And I gave up three hits."
(How do we explain this year then? Yikes.)
I learned a few new things along the way as well. For example, I think Dave Duncan's theory that the reason Yadi is so good at calling games is because he did it growing up instead of than relying on a coach to call pitches from the dugout makes a lot of sense.
It reminded me of a game I covered a few weeks ago involving the Jackson Senior Babe Ruth team that just narrowly missed a regional title this week. I was surprised to learn that Jackson catcher Bret Steffens called every pitch of Garrett Fritsche's shutout and has been calling his own games for years. The two players couldn't stop giving each other enough credit for the performance with Fritsche saying he never shook Steffens off the entire game.
I'm really not sure how common or uncommon that is, but it is something to think about. Of course, something tells me Yadi would've been OK either way.
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Rachel Crader is the editor of semoball.com. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in May of 2009 before spending the summer covering the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Highlights from Rachel's days in college include having a class down the hall from Chase Daniel and having NCAA wrestling champion Ben Askren hold the door open for her at Brady Commons, Mizzou's student center. She spent time covering Mizzou basketball, softball and baseball while working for the Columbia Missourian and is excited to return home to Southeast Missouri to cover local sports for semoball.com.
Rachel has covered three Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournaments for the Southeast Missourian and semoball.com, and she'll see you courtside again this year.
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