A baseball conundrum

I was sitting at a steel guitar practicing paradiddles and watching the Phillies and the Giants and noticed something odd

I was sitting at a steel guitar practicing paradiddles and watching the Phillies and the Giants and noticed something odd. Right handed batters wear a batting helmet with an ear flap over the left ear, and left handed batters have a flap over the right ear. Makes perfect sense, until they get on base, wearing the same helmet. Then the runner with the ear flap over his left ear has some added protection, because he could get hit in the left side of the head, which is facing the infield, by a batted ball or a thrown ball if he tries to steal second, third or score a run. The left handed batter’s unprotected ear is hanging right out there, exposed to all manner of injuries while he’s running the bases. They take off their batting gloves and shin protectors and adjust their testicles when they get on base, so why not change helmets, too?

Author: Cal Sharp

Nashville pedal steel guitarist for over 30 years. Credits include Stonewall Jackson, Little Jimmy Dickens, Red Sovine, Faron Young, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Johnny Russell, George Fox, Vern Gosdin, Del Reeves, Gilley's, the Palomino Club and a few others. Retired from the road, playing sessions and clubs locally. I also develop websites, like this one and other music-related sites. Contact me if you need a website. Email: cal at caligraphics dot net or fill out the contact form. http://www.caligraphicsdesign.com/contact/

5 thoughts on “A baseball conundrum”

  1. Yeah I like the way you think as well…especially if this was a baseball blog. Can’t see how ear flaps and testicle adjustments have anything to do with steel guitar or music in general.
    Well, at least you said you were practising Steel guitar while you were watching. So even if paradiddles really are drum sequences..well I’ll forgive you for that one.
    I’m in a chatty mood tonight aren’t I?? 😉

  2. Heh, heh. OK, I’ll qualify it. Buddy’a a big baseball fan. He had a great cut on “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on “One For The Road”, and the last time I saw him he was wearing an Atlanta Braves jersey. As for paradiddles, he had a great article in Guitar Player Magazine years ago about them and how they applied to steel guitar.

  3. Ok I’ll retract…since Buddy says it is so. I just looked it up real quickly in dictionary.com and what do they know about steel guitar???

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