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Finding the language of the young a challenge

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Feb. 25, 2010 at 6:06 am with 3 Comments »
February 25, 2010 9:32 am

Every spring there are ‘babies’ in camp – the kids who’ve risen through the ranks quickly, whose talent is as obvious as the fact that they can’t grow whiskers.

Danny Cortes

And dealing with them is a challenge for everyone, from managers and coaches to the media. How do you ask a 19-year-old catcher, for instance, about his life story with a straight face?

In the bullpen this week, 22-year-old right-hander Danny Cortes was throwing hard but throwing a little too quickly, all but hyper-ventilating on the mound.

Pitching coach Rick Adair sidled over toward him between pitches and asked “Have you ever tried breathing through your eyelids?” – stealing the question from the movie, Bull Durham.

Cortes laughed, slowed down and had a fine session. But afterward, he was puzzled.

“I had no idea what he meant,” Cortes said.

Understandable. As much fun as that baseball film was, ‘Bull Durham’ was released in 1988 – a year after Cortes was born.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. MartinBlank says:

    The fact that he’s never heard of “Bull Durham” might make explaining the garter belt to his teammates a little more difficult.

  2. wabubba67 says:

    Rose in front, big guy.

  3. footballscaa says:

    It’s an Aztec no, Mayan thing. Be the ball Danny.

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