TAMPA — The game slows as players drift away from the field to become coaches, managers, broadcasters, analysts, and fans. The disconnect makes them forget.
But it comes back quickly.
Back in the dugout, with a team to run, everything becomes clear again. The bounces come up swiftly. The fastballs whoosh by. The 3 1/2-hour games, the ones that seemed to drag in the booth, finish in a flash.
‘’You just have to remind yourself — at least I do as a broadcaster — that we’re a long way from the dirt,’’ said Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez, who managed Toronto in 2001 and 2002. ‘’That game is very fast when you’re standing in the dirt.’’
Martinez stood in the dirt, as a player first, as a broadcaster second, as a manager third. He was plucked from the booth in 2001 by the Blue Jays without coaching or managerial experience at any level. He was fired a season and a half later.
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