When I first saw this video I thought it was some sort of trick photography. But these past few weeks, as team’s are playing with their entire seasons on the line gearing up for post season playoffs, you see some really amazing stuff. I’ve seen really spectacular plays at home plate, catches at the back wall similar to this video, unbelievable diving catches and just good old fashioned baseball at its best. My son’s track coach once told me the best all around athletes are those who’ve mastered the pole vault because of the all-around skills and athleticism needed for the sport. Maybe. But when I watch today’s baseball players in slow motion, going through the gyrations they go through, pitch after pitch after pitch, it’s truly unbelievable. I mean surreal! Here’s a few examples:
And it’s everyone playing as a team, just to get that one out, or make that one play, or get on base. It’s something to see! Just watching the speed in rounding the bases is enough to make a believer out of anyone. Baseball season lasts for 6 months not including post-season. That’s 162 games a year. And this isn’t for that one play the coach might call you in for. For one particular play. And this isn’t for the one game you’ll play this week, or for that one tournament that month.
So when you look at these photo’s remember these guys are playing their sport 6 months each year. Think about it. Football, basketball, golf, track & field, soccer. These are all great sports but the only sport that has the athlete going out day after day after day is baseball. I think of this often when friends tell me baseball is “boring” or baseball’s too slow. Good grief! Anyone can go out and run around the field non-stop for an hour or so once a week. (Well, that is, anyone in training, maybe, sort of) But it takes a real athlete to get out there day after day and perform those tasks as shown in the photo’s above. Ugghhh……it hurts to just look at some of those shots.
Well, anyhow, this is my opinion. I just get tired of non-fans trying to minimize the athletic abilities of professional baseball players. Baseball rocks! Get used to it!
- Athlebrity Madness! Who’s Your Fave Baseball Star? (eonline.com)
- The fear of unorthodoxy: a new model of player development (hardballtimes.com)