While I was watching my kid play baseball this week at the Park, I noticed a guy coaching 3rd base on the other field. My eyes are not the best but I believe it was a parent? You will notice that he is not wearing your traditional coaching gear.
Through some thorough research, I found out this unique uniform is due to the fact that he just graduated with high honors from the Jumpin Jack Flasher Coaching academy. Similar to being a valedictorian, he has won the “Creepo Charlie” award. This award is limited to coaches of 7 & 8-year-old boys since any kids older than that are just too fast. What was really unusual is that this man does not even have a kid on this team thus showing his passion for the sport. He’s a real go-getter in the coaching world. I also thought it odd that with such accreditation he would be a head coach and not a 3rd base coach. However, I soon figured out the pure genius of the Coaching Academy. What better way (besides having a priest or Boy Scout leader at that position) to get the kids to run faster as they are being waived home than by the site of a stranger in a trench coat! See picture 2 as a real life example of this as the kids scurry off the field. I heard many parents encouraging their kids as they rounded 2nd base, “Run Johnny, Run for your life!
In the course of my research, I also found out that this award is no stranger danger to his family. The family is prolific in this area of expertise with several of his family members having previously won the award. See attached pictures taken from the wall of fame via a database of the Academy. It would be wise of you to study them closely so you can recognize them on the street. Congratulations Mr. Man on continuing the excellence in coaching that is a family tradition.