Pat Shingleton: "A 'Bat' Cold"
WBRZ Channel 2 originated "Baseball at the Box" in 2009 on Friday evenings and will introduce another season of Tiger baseball tonight. We expect the "first-pitch" temperature to be 49 degrees F. My high school years found basketball season ending in February followed by baseball practices in the gymnasium due to the wintry weather. I remember the team snow plowing the parking lot and taking practice with rubber coated baseballs. Coach Ed Ellenich demanded that the wooden bat label "face your face" to prevent cracking. A broken bat constituted laps around the field. A fast pitch connecting to a cold Hillerich and Bradsby bat or a Louisville Slugger, sent a sting through your digits. We called it "bat-sting," also known as "bees in the bat."