Parasiliti: Suns defy odds, foes, but can't beat local logic
Bob Parasiliti (Joe Crocetta / April 15, 2012)
They aren’t exactly recognized for the philosophical, logical thinking it takes to play.
Usually, the first thing that comes to mind when the word “athlete” is mentioned is “dumb jocks” … at least to some.
To be really honest, all sports have their own chess-like strategy. It’s just a different kind of thinking and discipline applied in different manners.
Game plans are like battle plans.
Games, in a way, are like term papers. Athletes, like writers, make an initial statement and try to carry that basic thought to a conclusion — to either win a game or prove a point. It’s all a matter of timing and knowing when to strike or make a move.
It’s become a case of “Is the basket (glass) half full or half empty?”
Anything more than half is usually a victory. Anything less is a loss. And if it is exactly half, it’s either a tie or a .500 record.
That whole theory is probably a philosophy all it’s own. It is kind of like the idea of “If a tree falls in a forest and no one’s around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
No one has a definitive answer for that. It’s open to much debate.
But let’s make this one a little sporty.
“If a team wins a lot of games and no one sees them, does it mean it is in first place?
OK, a bit of a stretch, but it is a very valid question in Hagerstown.
The Hagerstown Suns have done amazing things, but very few are seeing it.
It is easy to prove. Is Municipal Stadium half full or half empty?
Putting politics and issues aside, for at least a minute, the Suns have been successful because they are a thinking man’s team.
On paper, they aren’t anything special. Neither are puppies, though.
Hagerstown has used old-school baseball to make itself into a tough team to beat in the South Atlantic League.
The Suns have won eight of 10 games and have jumped from the middle of the pack into a one-game lead in the Northern Division. They did it by winning the last two games against Hickory, which was the North leader at the time.