Some months back, I reported that my attempts to understand cricket involved a brochure called “Cricket for Baseball Fans.” I also mentioned that, before I could understand that brochure, I’d need to see a brochure called “Baseball for Musical Theatre Lovers.”Baseball for Musical Theatre Lovers
I am pleased to report that my sister-in-law Deborah Sager has called my bluff, and written precisely that brochure. I now have no excuses for my failure to understand either baseball or cricket.
And now, without further ado, I am pleased to present a Yankee Fog world exclusive:
by Deborah Sager
Why: Because Jacob requested it.
While the sport of baseball and the art of musical theatre seem different, they in fact have several points of similarity. After all, one has overpaid, vain divas, and the other has actors
. For the sensitive, artistic fan that eschews this sport, but is dragged along to games with his/her sisters, cousins, and aunts, this guide will help them make some sense of this frenetic, fast-paced game 
: Both musical theatre and baseball have a set of tools that assist in proper performance. The musical theatre artist may be a “triple threat” – they can sing, they can act, they can dance (to varying degrees of skill.) Usually one talent predominates, and a true triple threat is a very rare artist. The baseball player has a “tool set” – hitting for average (hitting the ball a lot), hitting for power (when you do hit the ball, hitting it really, really far), running speed (just like it sounds), arm strength (also, not so bloody difficult), and fielding skill (throw the ball accurately, and catch it when it comes to you. This is harder, in fact, than it first appears. Just like the first alto line in the opening song of Brigadoon. I should’ve gotten a gold vocal cord for singing that one
) Five-tool players are also exceptionally rare.
: Both actors and baseball players do pretty well, thanks for asking. Groupies at the hotel, celebrity entourages, it’s one big party. Or possibly this refers to the baseball practice of notating the plays of the game.