Monday, May 25, 2015
653rd Place - Joel Davis
I was a shrimp as a kid. Even though I was the oldest kid in my grade level (I was one of those late August birthdays that was on the cut line for what year you started kindergarten), I was always the shortest and lightest. When I played little league I was a strong fielder, usually playing second base, though I couldn't hit a lick. I remember the first glove I got that had a hole for your index finger, as Mr. Joel Davis is demonstrating to the right here. I asked my dad what the hole was for. He explained that when you're catching a hard hit or thrown ball, it can sting your finger being so close to the pocket, thus you put your finger outside of the glove. This sounded pretty cool and mature to me. The problem, though, was my hand was too stinking small. My index finger wasn't long enough. Furthermore, I was having trouble opening and closing my mitt. I had zero hand strength. My dad suggested I slide my index finger inside the same opening as my middle finger. This worked great. I had better control of my glove, but I was always sad I wasn't big/mature enough to use the index hole. You, Mr. Joel Davis, are surely more manly than me. That mustache isn't hurting either.
Despite being a first round pick by the White Sox, Davis didn't experience much success in the bigs. He must have made hitters nervous, though, because he's 6'5 - I can't imagine what that looked like as he stepped toward home plate. These days you can catch Joel coaching in Jacksonville, FL.