Friday, June 17, 2005

Baseball Bullpen Catchers Get Heckled Too

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The life of a baseball catcher in the Major Leagues isn’t all fun and games: They get heckled too.

That’s according to Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen catcher Rob Flippo, who says although he isn’t a player on the roster, he still gets singled out with insults and curses.

However, the former minor league player and college baseball coach figures it’s probably because fans mistake him for the backup catcher since his face and jersey number are usually concealed.

While Flippo doesn’t like being cursed at or called names, he says he doesn’t mind it too much. In his words, “I love what I do. It’s Major League baseball, how can it be bad?”

Beside warming pitchers up before and during games, Flippo throws batting practice, hits grounders and flyballs to players and always makes sure there are enough baseballs around.

In his words, “I do all of the little things.”

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