Pat Shingleton: "A Sting in the Bat..."
WBRZ, Channel 2 originated “Baseball at the Box” seven years ago on Friday evenings and introduced another season of Tiger baseball last night. The 6:00 PM temperature was 68 degrees and if your weekend plans include a trip to Alex Box, your first-pitch temperature this afternoon will be an unseasonable 76 degrees. My high school years found basketball season ending in February followed by baseball practices in the gymnasium due to the wintry weather. Rubber coated balls gave us the opportunity for "infield" practice. There were many occasions when we'd clear the parking lot with snow shovels, still using the rubber coated balls. The revolutionary baseball gear such as batting gloves did not exist nor did metal bats. 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,” Some of you may remember it as “Bees in the Bat.” While at Gannon University, the baseball team would leave four feet of snow and temperatures in the teens to travel to Virginia and the Carolinas for baseball. It was nice to thaw out... only to return to more snow and cold.