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May 13, 2009

Buechele so curious

Garrett Buechele admits he can be annoying.

“I’ve always been a curious kid,” the Oklahoma third baseman said. “When I was little I was always asking my dad, ‘Why is this going on? Why is this happening?’ I just want to be in the loop. It helps me understand the game more.”

When there’s a runner on base and OU coach Sunny Golloway calls for a hit-and-run instead of a bunt, Buechele wants to know why. He wants to know more about everything.

The questions come constantly, but the coaches never looked at it as an annoyance.

“He’s not second-guessing me,” Golloway said. “He just has a vast knowledge of the game and he wants more. I’ve never taken any offense to it. It’s more like I would like the whole club to be.”

Getting a whole club of Buechele’s would be tough. Just about every player on OU’s roster grew up playing baseball from the time they were old enough to swing a bat. But few got the early insight Buechele did. His father, Steve, played 11 years in the major leagues with Texas, Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cubs.

Some of his earliest memories are being in big league clubhouses with father. He remembers playful wrestling matches with Sammy Sosa when his father played for the Cubs.

Most of all he remembers trying to figure out the strange game of baseball.

Most of the questions don’t really have answers. How Buechele even wound up at OU involved a quirk.

After a standout career at Arlington (Texas) Lamar High School, he was set to go to Kansas. He liked the school and the town. There was just one thing. The Jayhawks’ coaching staff wanted him to become a catcher.

“To me, that sounded terrible,” Buechele said. “I caught a few games and my knees didn’t really appreciate it.”

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