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Backup plan for grandson: Learn to be righty/lefty



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Minor league pitcher Pat Vindette can pitch with his right or left hand. Photo courtesy Trenton Thunder


Minor league pitcher Pat Vindette can pitch with his right or left hand. Photo courtesy Trenton Thunder


Benton, my 3-year-old grandson, is a delight in every way except one.

Since his early days, I have placed a baseball (or any suitable round object) in his left hand, hoping the repetition will be the first step in his development as a southpaw relief pitcher.

You may know my dream. Benton warms up in the bullpen to face one batter in the eighth inning of a major-league game, gets an out, and collects a $5 million check annually without breaking a sweat. Meanwhile, Papaw is beaming in the stands.

 

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