Having been asked to fill in tomorrow, I want to make sure I can do this correctly.
You know what I was thinking watching Estrada chase after the pop foul? Is was thinking that there are many fewer popouts to the catcher these days then there used to be in my youth. Back in the days of Bench, it seemed like a there’d be a rising fastball that the batter got just under, poping it back, the catcher would toss the mask aside, stagger under the ball, and put it away. Now, with fewer pitchers relying on the rising fastball and less foul territory, there are fewer of these fun plays.