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Third Base Coach

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Date: Aug 14, 2015
BP with Ed Kranepool
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Strange, but true story.

Last Thursday, I was supposed to have a meeting with the CEO of a start-up company at our office.  However, he failed to put it on his calendar and missed the meeting.  I sent him an e-mail and told him not to worry about it that we would reschedule.

The next day, the CEO calls me and asks if I would like to go to a Mets game with him and Ed Kranepool. And, oh by the way, we have to arrive early because we will be on the field for batting practice.  I told him he was overcompensating, but sure!!

Ed is the perfect ambassador for the Mets.  He was signing everyone's baseballs and jerseys.

We spoke a bit about the game and here are a few things I thought you would find interesting:

  1. He complained about the Rockies removing their starter after 75 pitches.  He kept saying that the kid only gave up on hit.  They put in the reliever who promptly lost the game for the Rockies.
  2. He blames the rash of TJ surgeries on pitchers throwing their hardest on every pitch.  He thinks they rely too much on speed and that no one teaches them how to pitch.
  3. We spoke about the DH rule and how the Cardinals were pushing for it in the NL.  He thinks both leagues should play under the same set of rules, but he is not a fan of the DH rule and does not believe many players care for it.  It helps one player but keeps others on the bench was his rational as teams do not pinch hit much.
  4. His favorite ballpark when he was playing was Wrigley Field because all the games were played under the sun.  He said he could see the pitches better in natural daylight than under the lights.
  5. He said he knew it was time to retire when one spring he came to camp and there was no Seaver, Swoboda or Harrelson.
  6. He said that one of his problems as a batter was that he had really good eyesight and could reach many of the pitches.
  7. He likes the additional teams in the playoffs because the players are playing for something and not just going through the motions during the dog days of summer.

 

So here are a couple of photos I snapped while there:

Ed looks pretty good for being about 70 years old ... and yeah he's the guy on the left.

 

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I edited the photo to take a head of person walked right in front of me when I took it and re-sized it to make it smaller for posting here.  Sorry, I made it too small and when I tried to increase the size here it got blurry and pixelated.  Too bad, it gives you a feel for how it looks to a batter when at the plate. 

 

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Finally, Jose returns home to the Mets.  He was really mixing it up with fans, singing autographs, posing for pictures, etc.

 

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It was great evening and a lot of fun.  Naturally, I told the President of the company we would reschedule for next week, but I am hoping he forgets to put it on his calendar! wink



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Umpire

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Way Cool!

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VP of Operations

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Totally awesome.

A chance to meet Eddie Kranepool.

My turn to be jelly. wink



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Being a Cub fan in 1969, I despised the Mets. But now I realize that the Cubs really choked and the Mets just played tremendous. Kranepool, Seaver, Koosman, Jones, Harrelson, Grote, Swobda, ... They were a great team and from your talk with Kranepool, he sounds like a great person. I like the thoughts he shared with you. Speaking of 1969 (Cubs, unfortunately for me), a few years ago I had a chance to meet Paul Popovich, he was a great story teller and told about playing basketball with Jerry West at West Virginia. It is always interesting to hear about those names from the past.

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What an awesome day TT, simply awesome and thanks for sharing.

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First Base Coach

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stratfan70 wrote:

What an awesome day TT, simply awesome and  for nice!!!sharing.


 



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First Base Coach

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nice!! Doing this on phone is not good for me



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First Base Coach

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Very, very cool. What a great experience!

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Absolutely awesome!
Your understanding of that missed meeting really paid off in great dividends.
I agree with Ed on points 1, 3 and 7...5 made me laugh.
Ed seems to be a down to earth guy, memories were made for certain.

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