“Seed” – Any hit that is hit so hard it barely has an arc on it. (See rip). Also refers to any thrown ball with the same characteristic, typically in the infield.
Welcome to Seeds All Day, a daily blog dedicated to all things Major League Baseball. It is my hope that this website will be able to serve you as a one-stop shop for news, information, opinion and reaction – and of course, entertainment. But before diving into the actual baseball, I’d like to take time out in this first post to introduce myself and to give some background on the ideas behind the blog.
Baseball has been my passion for as long as I can remember. In fact, the furthest back my memory goes is 1990, when I became a Cincinnati Reds fan on the heels of their fifth World Series championship. Today I’m the type of guy who would rather watch the Dominican Republic play Mexico in the Caribbean World Series than the Super Bowl. No joke, that’s exactly how I spent my Sunday night this week.
I majored in print journalism at the University of Kentucky, where I wrote sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the school’s daily newspaper publication. I covered the baseball beat for three seasons during my time with the paper, and I can honestly say that was the most fulfilling job I’ve ever held down. But with graduation came the harsh truths of reality. Trying to pursue a career writing for newspapers during the peak of the Internet age just wasn’t likely to be a fruitful endeavor. So I did what a lot of people do when they have no other ideas as to what they should do with their futures: I went to law school. Now that I’m out of school and practicing law, I’ve noticed that the old journalistic itch has been flaring up again and is in need of some serious scratching. So I have turned to the one thing that kept me from a life of journalism in the first place – the Internet – for relief.
I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel at least a little guilty for choosing a blog as my outlet. Due to my experience and schooling, I will always have a bias toward more traditional forms of sports writing and reporting. And for that reason I will strive to preserve as much journalistic integrity as I can, considering the forum for my writing.
So where did the name Seeds All Day come from? For me, the phrase dates back to my years as a high school outfielder in the early 2000s. Our head coach (they don’t call them managers in high school) was a sucker for line drives, especially ones that pinged off of the L-screen during batting practice. It was a rare day when he didn’t at least once pump his fist about a “seed” he had just seen hit. The term became so commonplace, we began to break huddles by shouting those three words: “SEEDS ALL DAY!”
Sunflower seeds have also become an iconic part of the game itself. The seed’s relationship with baseball began as an alternative to chewing tobacco and dip, and has continued to grow as the use of smokeless tobacco has become more and more frowned upon in baseball culture. Now, sunflower seeds are such a major league staple that bags of them are included as props for exhibits in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. No other snack food in the world relates to a sport the way the sunflower seed does baseball.
So the name has a sort of dual meaning. On the one hand, it is a baseball phrase in and of itself. On the other hand,it pays homage to the unique relationship that exists between the seed and baseball. The name is also a representation of the blog’s goal to bring year-round seeds of baseball information to any reader that happens upon the site.
With that being said, I welcome you to Seeds All Day. Going forward, I hope reading will bring you a similar joy that writing will surely bring me. And for today, I hope the below video brings you as much joy as it did me in 1990, when I first fell in love with the game.