Television dads have guided some of us through the early stages of our life. But which television dads could guide a MLB team to postseason glory?
Being a MLB manager is the easiest job in sports. You stand in the dugout, spit sunflower seeds, and hope your pitcher is Clayton Kershaw or your hitter is Joey Votto. Alright, it’s not quite that easy. You have to recognize when Stephen Strasburg is at 80 pitches so you know when to pull him from the game and you have to decide if you want the guy at the plate to bunt when there are two on, no outs, and the team is down two. Otherwise, easy stuff.
There is a reason why MLB coaches are called “managers” and not “coaches.” In other sports, there is more to do than managing rotations and minutes. There is some actual Xs and Os stuff involved. In baseball, you’re at the mercy of the guy at the mound. If he has it going, there’s not a whole lot you can do. And if he’s missing his spots, you better hope the batter doesn’t recognize it.
We all missed our calling as MLB managers.
Television dads are nothing like your real dad. Unless your real dad is yellow and never ages. In which case, I have a lot of questions. Television dads range from the hard-working straight-laced father to the dead-beat who makes you laugh. Every single dad on TV would make a great MLB manager. Remember, it’s the easiest job in sports. But only a select few (roughly, 25) would go on to blow a 3-1 lead in the playoffs.