July 18th, 2008
I had a lot of fun with four Royals players (one of them former…Royals Hall of Famer Frank White), as they helped show youngsters from the George Brett Baseball and Softball Program some baseball fundamentals. Also thanks to team photographer Chris Vleisides for taking these photos. A REMINDER ON THIS BLOG: YOU CAN CLICK ON ANY PHOTOGRAPH TO ENLARGE.
After Frank White was finished teaching the kids the finer points of playing defense, Luke Hochevar came out on the field and talked about, what else? Pitching. He said, among other things, that he didn’t start throwing breaking balls until he was 16, which drew a round of applause form the coaches, intent on protecting young arms. Luke also showed the grips he uses on the pitches he throws. The 108-foot crown vision board made it easy for the kids to see how a Major Leaguer holds the baseball.
Mark Teahen was fresh off a recent inside-the-park home run. He talked to the kids about baserunning, how big a lead to take, how to round the bases and much more. I didn’t make him run full-speed around the bases, figured I’d take it easy on him, since he had a game to play later in the day.
John put on a demonstration for the kids. Coach Rusty Kuntz threw batting practice to John and he took the kids through everything the big league guys do in BP each day, round-by-round. My thanks to Frank, Luke, Mark and John for showing these youngsters the right way to play.