May 13th, 2012

Si or No

The RoughRiders take the field for batting practice. The cage is set up behind home plate. The first group of batters takes turns rotating in and out to work on laying down bunts. After all the guys in the group practice bunting, it’s time to hit away and the real fun begins.

Catcher Jose Felix hits away after a pitch by Jeff Andrews. (Jarah Wright)

‘Riders infielder Alex Buchholz steps in to take some cuts. He hits a ball deep to left field. While the ball is in the air several of the guys start shouting “Si or No? Si or No?” Buchholz says no and when the ball sails over the fence, he promptly moves to the side of the cage and does ten pushups.

Chris McGuiness does ten pushups after guessing incorrectly. (Jarah Wright)

It has become a familiar scene during pre-game at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Frisco catcher Jose Felix said the tradition of playing Si or No goes back farther than this season.

“We started doing it at spring training last year and it’s caught on,” Felix said. “We’ve been doing it here for the last two weeks. It’s a way to gauge your power and you have to know your power when you hit.”

Jared Prince watches James Vilade throw to the third group of hitters during batting practice. (Jarah Wright)

The game has become a feature of batting practice with several players taking part. Buchholz said he likes playing and it’s one way to stay relaxed at the plate during practice.

“The game is great. It’s a good way to loosen up during batting practice,” Buchholz said. “Everybody has fun with it.”

Written by: Jarah Wright

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