David McCoy Takes Batting Practice With The St. Paul Saints

David McCoy Takes Batting Practice With The St. Paul Saints


THERE IS NO EXPERIENCE IN BASEBALL QUITE LIKE THE ST. PAUL SAINTS. THEIR SEASON STARTS THIS WEEK. OPENING THIETH IS — NIGHT IS THURSDAY. TO GET US READY, DAVID MCCOY DID AN INTERVIEW WITH MANAGER GEORGE IN A RATHER SAINTS KIND OF WAY, DURING BATTING PRACTICE. GO NICE AND EASY. IS THERE A CERTAIN ART TO DOING THIS, TO THROWING THIS WELL? SKRUS GOT TO THROW STRIKES. YOU DON’T THROW STRIKES, THE HITTERS GET MAD AT YOU. THERE YOU GO. THAT ONE MIGHT BLOOP IN. THAT WAS GOOD RIGHT THERE. HOW OFTEN DO YOU COME HERE AND LOOK AROUND AND THINK, LIKE, I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS MY JOB? YEAH, YOU NEVER GET SICK OF IT. COMING HERE EVERY DAY LOOKS BEAUTIFUL EVERY DAY. WHOA, THERE YOU GO. THAT SCARED ME ON THAT ONE. THAT WAS GOOD. LINE DRIVE RIGHT UP THE MIDDLE. SCARED ME. ONCE IN A WHILE OVER THE YEARS, ONCE THIS A WHILE, YOU DON’T GET BEHIND THIS. I’VE GOTTEN SMOKED HERE BEFORE BECAUSE YOU GET A LITTLE LAZY. YOU DON’T GET BEHIND THE L SCREEN. YEAH. THAT WAS GAD — GOOD RIGHT THERE. WHAT GETS YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT OPENING DAY? HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE A NICE DAY OUT AND GO PUT ON A GOOD SHOW FOR THE FANS BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THIS STAUD YUM IS GOING — STADIUM IS GOING TO BE PACKED. IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO BE. THE FANS ARE BEHIND YOU. THEY’RE HERE. IT’S THE MOST EXCITING TIME. YOU CAN’T WAIT FOR THAT FIRST GAME. THERE YOU GO. GOOD. AS YOU ARE PUTTING THIS ROSTER TOGETHER THIS OFF SEASON, WHAT WERE YOU LOOKING FOR? YOU KNOW, THE RECRUITING, YOU REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE UNTIL THEY GET HERE. THE INNER HALF RIGHT THERE, YOU LIKE THAT PITCH. I DO. THE THING IS YEAR TO YEAR, A LOT OF THE GUYS WE SIGN, WE’VE NEVER SEEN THEM PLAY. SURE. YOU JUST GO BY WHAT THEY’VE DONE IN THE PAST. SOME GUYS HAVE PLAYED DOUBLE A, TRIPLE A OR YOU GO BY WHAT MAJOR LEAGUE ORGANIZATIONS TELL YOU ABOUT THEM. SO A LOT OF GUYS YOU SIGN, YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THEM. O OOOH. THAT’S ALL RIGHT. A LITTLE HIGH. THAT ONE IS NOT GOING TO MAKE THE STORY. YEAH. WE’LL CUT THAT ONE OUT. EDIT. DELETE. THERE YOU GO. OH, PUMP THAT ONE UP. GOING TO GET ME, TOO. THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN VERY OFTEN, SERIOUSLY. LOOK AT THAT. SO MANY OF YOUR FANS COME TO SEE THINGS OTHER THAN BASEBALL, YOU KNOW. THEY COME HERE FOR THE STADIUM AND THE FOOD AND THE IN-BETWEEN INNING ENTERTAINMENT. THAT WAS NICE RIGHT THERE. WHAT’S IT LIKE TO WORK IN A JOB WHERE SO MUCH OF IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU? THEY PUT ON A REALLY GOOD SHOW HERE, YOU KNOW, AND THERE’S TIMES, YOU KNOW, MAYBE WE’RE HAVING A BAD GAME AND YOU’RE NOT IN THE BEST OF MOODS AND YOU SEE SOMETHING THAT GOES ON IN BETWEEN INNINGS AND YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LAUGH SO I’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR A WHILE. I DON’T KNOW. I ALWAYS LIKE TO SEE THE KISS CAM WHEN THEY HAVE IT UP THERE. I LAUGH EVERY TIME. FANS GET INTO IT. IT’S GOOD. ANYTHING YOU’D CHANGE ABOUT THE GAME OR THE WAY IT’S DONE TODAY? THAT’S AN INTERESTING QUESTION. INSTANT REPLAY, I KNOW THEY GOT TO GET IT RIGHT. YOU KIND OF MISS THE — I WISH THERE WAS A BETTER WAY THEY COULD DO IT. YOU DO WANT TO GET THE CALLS RIGHT, BUT YOU DON’T SEE MANAGERS ARGUING NUMB, AND IT’S — IT’S — YOU LIKE THAT? YOU LIKE THE ARGUING? I PERSONALLY DON’T LIKE DOING IT, BUT IT’S EXCITING FOR — IT’S COMPUTING FOR PEOPLE, AND — YOU LOSE A LITTLE BIT OF SOMETHING. EXACTLY. YES. THAT WAS NICE RIGHT THERE. THAT WAS THE BEST ONE OF THE DAY. MAYBE THAT’S THE ONE YOU SHOULD END ON RIGHT THERE. NOW’S THE FUN PART. WE GET TO GO PICK UP ALL THE BALLS. LET ME GRAB THIS BUCKET AND WE’LL WALK OUT THERE TOGETHER AND PICK THEM UP. ALL RIGHT. THE SAINTS HAVE AN EXHIBITION

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