This evening, the Chicago Cubs are playing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who are managed by Mike Scoscia. (He pronounces his last name, "So-sha.") Every time the camera shows Scoscia, I'm reminded of what I think may well be the finest line I've ever come up with -- that got nowhere. I even sent it in to Dodgers' announcer Vin Scully probably 20 years ago, though as brilliant Hall-of-Fame broadcaster as he is,he had one lapse and never used it. But tonight, I had one of those great realizations that I actually have a website and can, therefore, finally let the world (small though this particular world may be) know it, and give it a public life at last. Never mind that it's two decades late, and holds no meaning today. Wise words are eternal.
Scoscia as some of you may know -- and most, most likely, don't -- was a catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a fair hitter, though known as an excellent defensive catcher. In fact, he was particularly known for the way he would block home plate. Putting his body in front of the plate as runners would come barreling in and keep them from scoring, time after time. Protecting home with everything he had. It was seriously impressive.
I wrote in that Vin Scully should refer to this as "Scoscia Security."
And now I can rest.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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