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Sports Notebook: A dirty player

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Check out the photo with this blog. How in the world does Colin Tuft get his uniform so dirty?

And that’s basically the case every game for the Madison High School senior catcher, who will play in college at the University of Virginia.

There are a lot of ways Tuft gets dirty so quickly, and much sympathy for the one having to wash his getup. He’s a good hitter and is very fast, helping Tuft get on base a lot, often having to slide, as he attempts to take the extra base. Once on base, he tends to steal a lot, which also usually requires sliding, causing uniform pants to get dirty on a real-grass and dirt baseball diamond. Or he slides back into a base on pickoff attempts.

As a catcher, Tuft is one of the best at blocking pitches. That causes him often to drop to his knees or fall face first on the ground, causing lots more dirt to work its way into his uniform.

Look at Tuft’s white cleats, are they really white? They take on tons of dirt, as well, as a result of the way he plays, his abilities allow him to play and the way he wants to play.

Tuft plays football and basketball the same way, blue-collar and getting down and dirty.

Some say, then, that Tuft is a dirty player, literally speaking, that is. His baseball uniform suggests as much.

– Dave Facinoli

dfacinoli@sungazette.net

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