A few items to warm the baseball fan’s soul:
- If I were a professional player, I would probably be classified as “uncoachable.” Not because I have a bad attitude or anything; I am the consummate team player. My problem is I can’t process instruction. I have always been a good athlete, but it came “naturally,” without anyone telling me how to do things. Could I have been better. Of course. But it seems to be a question of repetition. That’s why it amazes me when players get into prolonged slumps. A fair amount can be attributed to bad luck — the opposition plays against you perfectly — that should fall under the realm of chance, and as long as you don’t change what has worked for you all along, all other things being equal, why would you? (Here’s a great scene from Bull Durham that explains a little. Comes at about the 1:40 mark. Warning: several naughty words towards the end of the scene). I say all this by way of introduction to this piece about how Ian Kinsler wants to change his process to hit fewer pop-ups.
- Aren’t you a little bit worried about the fact that Kevin Youkilis is going into the beer business? He never was svelte and I caneasily see him donning another 50 pounds fairly easily.
- Ike Davis, just because I like how excited the whole team gets after a walk-off win.