With two outs and the bases loaded, the pitcher fakes a pick-off throw to second. Once the third-base runner is fooled into taking off for home, the pitcher nails him at the plate. Courtesy: Delano High School Baseball
Trying to gain an advantage on your opponent during a game? The list of pranks and tricks are endless, but the one played by Dwyer High School (FLA) last week before a playoff game against intra-city rival Palm Beach Gardens High really stinks.
And that’s not just figuratively. It stinks, like the smell of a truck stop restroom that hasn’t been cleaned in months. The unidentified player was suspended from playing for two weeks and also suspended from school for “dousing Gardens’ dugout with an amount of urine large enough to create a smell noticeable to visiting fans at the game.” The two teams met and decided to play the game anyway, with Palm Beach Gardens losing the game 7-4, with some blame for the lose going to the stench. In the spirit of sportsmanship, should Dwyer have at least offered to switch dugouts for the game?
Despite the large amount of urine used in the prank, school officials still think the player acted alone . . . probably collecting his “sample” over several weeks.
For some reason, fighting in baseball games seems to becoming more common this spring, with the latest clash between Yuba City High School’s junior varsity team and Del Campo High. According to ate least one report, the brawl started after the first base coach for Del Campo called YCHS pitcher’s mother an insulting name. The pitcher retaliated with by throwing a fastball at the taunting coach and then all hell breaks loose on the field (see video below). So far, eight Yuba players have been kicked off the the team and others suspended.
No word on the punishment for the potty-mouthed coach for Del Campo, but likely he will have his mouth washed out with soap and sent to bed early without supper.