Dave Huppert’s Ritual at Third Base

Dave Huppert, where do you go when you look so far away?

Dave Huppert, where do you go when you look so far away?

When it comes to the official BBB videographer, frequent visitors to this site have come to expect a certain level of incompetence.  His regrettable performance is due entirely to a bizarre pre-game ritual consisting of two parts:  (a) positive self-affirmations shouted into the ballpark restroom mirror and (b) the execution of twenty-five Karate Kid-style crane kicks atop the first base dugout during batting practice.  The impetus for this strange behavior is known only to the videographer.  However, we do know that invariably these intense activities reduce him to a state of tremoring hypoxia, resulting in the poor planning and execution of his craft, which has been well-documented in these web pages.

As a result of these sad facts, it came as quite a shock to the BBB editors that their bungling camera jockey turned in the following well-framed and properly-focused video of someone else’s ritual.  The video is of championship manager Dave Huppert and the strange little rite he performs before every Tigers turn at the plate.  Every inning of every game, Mr. Huppert trots out to third base, stands on top of it, and methodically swipes the dirt from around the bag, one side at a time in a very specific order:  right foot along the side facing home plate, then left foot along the side facing second base, then left foot along the side facing left field, then finally, left foot along the side facing the third base stands.  See this curiosity for yourself in the video below or at tonight’s Florida State League playoff game in Lakeland.



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