Casey Blake on learning to play first base

Tom Jackson
May 10, 2013

Casey Blake was one of my favorite Indians for years, a regular-guy type who seemed to appreciate being in professional ball. A new book, "Amazing Tales from the Cleveland Indians Dugout" by Russell Schneider, details how Blake, usually a third baseman, gained insight into how play first base in his first game in the big leagues, when he was a Minnesota Twin. The opponent that day was the Cleveland Indians.

"I was holding Robbie Alomar on the bag and he leaned over and whispered, 'Hey, you don't have to hold me. We've got a runner on second base.' When I looked at the Twins' dugout, everybody was laughing, which was pretty embarrassing."

Schneider's book is a lot of fun, although it's probably a good idea not to leave a copy laying around where there's work to be done.