The Shlemiel School of Journalism- Where NOT to Learn a Trade. . . Did you ever wonder about baseball signals? Shown on the right is an opening game on April 1 of two Midwestern U.S. professional baseball teams, awaiting the first pitch. The temperature is 40 degrees F, good football weather, but this is baseball. The third base coach has just twitched his mustache, first the left, then the right, tipped the bill of his cap, put both hands on his hips, rubbed his stomach, wiggled and scratched both ears, and flexed both knees. None of these mean a thing to his visiting team, but just might confuse the home team. The leadoff batter simply does not have that many options, since no one is on base yet. But the coach is casually standing with his left foot set outside the coaching box, which could mean to the batter,-hit the first pitch if you like it, but take a called strike if you don't. A television news network fond of criticizing how other organizations run their businesses once bought the New York Yankees, failed to win even one American League pennant, then sold the team at a big financial loss. If neither baseball nor the late Mickey Mantle's monster home run in Washington is of interest to you, there are 12 other chapters in this book that may be.