That’s Right . . . Almost Forgot

Every game here is show-n-go . . . meaning, no batting practice, no infield, not anything other than stretch and the starting pitchers getting warm in the bullpens.

“There isn’t anywhere to take it,” a member of one club’s coaching staff said. “It’s almost like this is just for fun–show up and play. There’s not that intense demeanor of preparation like there is in the States, at least for this.

“This is more about who has that ability to turn it on and off, because that’s literally what you’re doing: You show up, get dressed and it’s game-on. But so many of these guys are veterans–they know what they need to do to prepare anyway. And the best thing about that is how that rubs off on some of the younger players–especially the mental side of preparation.”