Home Run Hitters and No Hitters Records - It Takes a Lot of Balls
The batter walks to the plate after selecting a bat. Some tap on their shoes. Some tap on the plate. Then, most check their grip on the bat. They look to a target area. Target area located somewhere out of the park.
Their vision turns to the pitcher. A small amount of analysis of the stance of the pitcher is done. Eyes on the ball. Make sure you know where the ball is. The attention is now shifted to the pitcher who must locate his own target area in the batter area. He then goes through the motions of propelling the ball at the batter.
There is no luck involved. The whole process is extremely well tuned.
Here Comes the Ball
The ball is released by the pitcher and is now coming at the batter in speeds in excess of ninety miles an hour.
A knowledge of the pitcher is helpful in determining where the ball is going to be crossing the plate. A certain amount of pain is probably felt when connecting the bat with the ball. The batter gets ready to feel the contact of the ball with the bat.
Analyzing the Distance and Ball Size
The distance from the batter to the pitcher is so many feet. The ball is coming at ninety miles an hour. The ball takes a fraction of a minute to get from the pitcher to the batter. The batter has almost no time to react to the ball.
Baseball. The ball is round. If you measure around a baseball, it is around 9 1/4 inches around. They are generally 3 inches across. It weighs between 5 and 5.25 ounces.
Getting Ready to Run
Depending on whether the ball is hit directly and hit far enough from any players to get enough time to run all the bases or hit only slightly and involving some decision as to whether to run or not, a baseball player is constantly analyzing what he must do next.
No matter what base he is running to, some amount of awareness must be in play at all times. Where the ball is. Who has the ball. How fast the players can throw the ball. All factors contribute to a runners decisions.
Learning to Run Fast
A knowledge of how to run fast is essential. Learning how to slide is a plus. Sometimes sliding into a base or home plate means the difference between being safe and being out.
You're Safe or You're Out
Baseball is full of absolutes once the ball is in play. Until the ball is hit into the air and stays in the air, the game is fairly forgiving.
Initially, you are given three chances to hit the ball. If you hit the ball into the air and one of the players from the other team catches it, you lose your chance to hit the ball again.
If you hit the ball and the ball goes outside of the diamond area, it is called a foul ball and the ball returns to the pitcher. It does not count as a strike. At one time, there were batters that were good at fouling so they developed some Foul Strike Rule. It had something to do with the fact that the umpire had to retrieve the balls from the spectators which put the game on hold and was somewhat disrupting to the game playing.
There is a lot of body language to see when watching baseball. It is a thrilling sport to watch. There is a lot of body tension and muscle energy in each player.
Collecting Baseball Cards
There are baseball cards to collect. Apparently the rush to collect baseball cards has waned a little. It used to be commonplace to see people with massive collections. Most boys had collections of cards and kept tabs on their favorite players.
Autographed cards have always been very cool to own and come with their own value.
how About You
Do you find baseball just completely fascinating in a mechanical analysis type of way?
Cards Found by Accident in Attic
If you wish to keep some tabs on what values are in your sports memorabilia, it may be worth your while to keep an eye on the Facebook page for The National Sports Collectors Convention.
There were some cards found in an attic and the convention was supposedly going to auction them off. They expected $3 million dollars for the 700 cards. I wonder how that went. Ok. Consulting with Google, I find that they did not get the full three million, but they did net a cool $516 K, which is still very nice.
I do have mixed feelings about it. One thought I'm having is that they were found in grandpa's attic. How good of a life did grandpa have? Could he have benefited from these cards? Of course, he could not have, since the cards are a little over a hundred years old now. But, what a nice surprise for the grandson. Congratulations! Grandpa would have been proud to know!
On the other hand... how many people store stuff in their attic? I have an attic and I don't have anything but mud wasps and old insulation in mine. Hardly the environment for storing something that someday may be valuable.But, I may just have to climb up the ladder and put some of my old junk in there, just to see...
Well. I guess I won't ever know if it does work.