Originally posted by slip:
And everyone chews tobacco. Lol Tonight has been educational. I must say, hitting a ball at a 100 miles an hour with a bat thinner than a cricket bat must take quite some skill. I do know hitting the ball not in the field is a foul.
In my experience, by far the toughest thing to do in sports is hit a pitched baseball....and think about it, by the time someone is at the pro level (minor leagues up into MLB [Major League Baseball]), it's not just getting the bat on the ball to hit it, it's also being able to not make an out when you do manage to hit it, i.e. get a base hit. When you consider that if you are able to do this 30% of the time, meaning your batting average is .300, you are a damn good hitter even though you "fail" 70% of the time. And it's not just the 100mph pitches, it's also wicked change-ups that start off looking like they're going to be in the 90s mph, but end up being low/mid 80s...or the big rainbow curve, or a nasty slider.
Obviously I'm a huge baseball fan...it's not as "in your face" as football, so it can take a while to really see some of the more subtle things going on in a game. But even if you don't, still fun to just watch a game, particularly in person. Hopefully you'll get into it, and if you make it to the States be sure to take in a game...fortunately many teams have cool modern "retro" stadiums if that makes sense, and a couple (Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox) still play in 100+ yr old ballparks.