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October 11, 2006

Inside Baseball

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;296(14):1729-1730. doi:10.1001/jama.296.14.1729-a

To the Editor: I wish to take issue with a few of Dr Southgate's interpretations of the painting Baseball at Night1 in her cover story. I believe there is no runner on third. Rather, although poised, he is more likely to be the third base coach, just as the first base coach is pictured. Also, there is no reason to believe that “the pitcher is about to complete his stretch. . . . ” Rather, he is simply delivering the pitch, and we do not know whether or not he had started from his stretch. Also, there usually are not 2 batters on deck. I submit that one of these might be the bat boy, although that person usually would not be holding a bat. Alternatively, the individual in uniform behind the nearby light pole could be the bat boy.