Maybe the funniest short bit he does is the most natural, and it developed simply because people are always asking pitchers what it is the manager says when he comes to the mound to talk to a pitcher in trouble.
"Managers always explain the situation to you and the catcher to show how smart they are," Mudcat begins, tugging the microphone wire after him as he walks around the stage talking to the audience. It is Baltimore or Cleveland or York, Pa., or it is the Holiday Inn in Groton, Conn., or it is Steelman's Steak House in Cherokee, Iowa.
"They point out everything to you, managers, like you can't possibly keep track of it yourself or like maybe you just dropped in from somewhere.
" 'Well, Mud,' the manager says when he gets out to me, 'men on first and third.'
" 'Sure is, Sam,' I say, just like it never occurred to me.
" 'And only one out, Mud,' he says." (Grant falls deeper into dialect as he tells any story.)
" 'Hmmm,' I say. 'Yes, jes one out it is.'
" '...and Al Kaline comin' up, Mud.'
" 'Yes,' I say, 'that sure looks like Mr. Kaline hisself movin' out of the on-deck ring.' That manager is right again.
" 'Course, I've spent this whole inning trying to figure out how I can get around Kaline, I been looking over there at him in the on-deck for the last five minutes jes wonderin' what in the world I can throw him. But the manager finally went and stood with his foot up on the top step of the dugout, which is what managers do either when they want to get smart or when they want to appear smart, so now he can come out to the mound and inform me that they is men on first and third, they is one out and I have got to pitch next to Al Kaline. That is what managers tell you when they come out to the mound."