Time Out by John Bernhardt

Time Out: August 20, 2013

We interrupt this ballgame .... That was the headline of Friday’s New York Times sport’s section as they covered Major League Baseball’s announcement of plans to dramatically expand the use of instant video replay to challenge the field decisions of umpires. Say it ain’t so, Joe!
That’s former Yankee manager Joe Torre who worked on a three-man team that made the recommendation to baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. Here’s how the proposed change would work.

Time Out: August 7, 2013

At first it appeared like a trip to Yankee Land. Driving into the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta was like an assault to the senses of a diehard Met fan. SUVs with glaring NY spare tire covers, Yankee license plates, and all kinds of Bronx Bomber window decals were proof positive a Yankee crowd had assembled to see Bernie Williams and his All-Star Band. Then again, one shouldn’t forget that for three decades Oneonta was a New York Yankee town and Bernie Williams himself began his professional sports career playing baseball at Damaschke Field.

Time Out: July 31, 2013

I was reminded last week of the powerful connection that often takes hold between high school players and coaches, a bond that sometimes endures for decades. Forged around common dreams, achievable, shared goals, and the day-to-day struggles meant to attain them, coaches and players form relationships unique to schooling.

Time Out: June 26, 2013

A Binghamton Met baseball game is a happening this summer. The B-Mets have a first class professional baseball team, the class of the Eastern League, 18 games above .500 and eight games in first place. Great pitching, a homerun powered offense, and some pretty decent handling of the leather on defense make attending a Binghamton game an event for the baseball purist.

Time Out: June 12, 2013

“Ninety percent of baseball is mental. The other half is physical,” said Yogi Berra.
Baseball’s great philosopher, Yogi Berra was on to something with his famous quote addressing this critical components of baseball. Thinking forward, anticipating, and considering multiple options are all some of the intangibles making baseball the “grand old game.”

Time Out: June 4, 2013

Julie Nash returned to Margaretville Central School as an honored guest at Friday night’s athletic banquet. Nash, a physical education teacher at MCS for over 30 years, was the original champion for girls’ athletics at MCS.

Time Out: May 29, 2013

Maybe the Margaretville baseball team should start a four-man band. Music and baseball intercepted for a second time this spring during Margaretville’s opening round of the Section IV baseball championship. By chance, the baseball game fell on the same night as the MCS vocal concert, and two of the Blue Devils, Colby Russo and Danny Conroy, were slated to sing solos.

Time Out: April 17, 2013

Almost 40 years of coaching high school sports have seen the most unlikely scenarios. None matched the late inning decision-making at Wednesday’s baseball game between Margaretville and Roxbury.

It was the top of the sixth inning with Roxbury at bat when Margaretville physical education teacher Tracy Reither approached the bench with a sense of urgency in her step. Tracy reported that the spring music concert was about to begin and the band director needed two of the guys on my baseball team.

Time Out: March 13, 2013

Keith Danzy knows how Jackie and Jack Harbaugh felt while watching their coaching sons battle it out in this year’s Super Bowl. Danzy could hardly sit still in the stands, glued to the action during Saturday’s New York State Class B Girls Basketball Regional Championship at the brand new Onondaga Community College Event Center in Syracuse.

Time Out: March 6, 2013

Some believe basketball is a big man’s game. Those folks have never watched SUNY Delhi guard Stefan Bock play the game.

Stefan Bock is a coach’s dream. Bock attends to all the ‘little things,’ those minute basketball details that often mean the difference in the outcome of a game that coaches love to extol.
I paid careful attention to Bock, scripting everything he did during the first three minutes of Delhi’s semifinal match-up with HVCC Saturday afternoon. The kid is amazing.

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