|Clouds? This wasn’t
taken in the Kingdome!
Pitcher Dave Fleming has been mastering a new pitch for the last nine years.
If being a former major leaguer isn’t enough to be granted rock-star status in the classroom, Fleming combines a ballpark field trip with math lessons. Imagine. Bring your glove and your calculator!
“I have been a teacher for nine years. I am unaware of other ballplayers in the same profession.
My students take a field trip to a New Britain Rock Cat Game (double A – Twins) and they learn to compute batting ave., won-loss percentage for teams, and some learn ERAs.”
Sounding like a thoughtful educator, Fleming chose to differ from my assessment of Seattle’s Kingdome. I remembered seeing him pitch there. I told him it looked, and sounded, like kids more cool and talented than myself playing Nerf baseball in my family room basement. Without grading my Kingdome mini-essay, he said:
“I liked that the Kingdome was always the same temperature and you knew you were playing every day. (Except for the roof collapse.)
I was not crazy about the turf.”
For five years, Fleming had the best seat in the house to marvel at superstar teammate Ken Griffey, Jr. Did he have a favorite “Kid” memory?
“My favorite Griffey memory was just having the opportunity to watch him play every day. Sweet swing and a graceful outfielder.”
In teacherly fashion, he closed his letter with:
“Hope this answers your questions!
I found a fun newspaper article from 2008 that touched on Fleming’s second career. Check out the classroom photo, too. I thought this was a student, not a teacher!