Bub, I have two blog topic requests. 1)bulletpoints that go into deciding the order of the lineup. The basics are obvious but some of us are clueless on the specifics. 2)Characteristics of different types of pitches and how simple minded people can tell the difference. For instance how does a breaking ball differ from a sinker to the naked eye or are they basically the same pitch?
Some bloggers assume to much when it comes to the knowledge of their readers. I could just google but where’s the fun in that?
Pssh. I don’t know that stuff. I could make it up, I guess, like I do all my other “serious” posts.
A sinker kind of goes WOOSH whereas a curve goes *whistles, spits*
A fast ball goes ZOOM, unless Chavez throws it, and this it goes CRACK.
A slider goes SHEOWWW and a change up goes S-L-O-W.
Your lead-off guy should typically bat above .036
Your #’s 7 and 8 hitters should not have feminine or French names.
Your #3 hitter should be the best hitter on the team or a veteran you don’t want to start pouting.
S’all I got.
(Really, your baseball IQ is plenty a match for mine. I just use a tone of authority to peddle my B.S. opinions. Try it! It really works!)
Well, okay, the sinker/curve I can tell a little bit.
A curve is kind of loopy, especially if it’s like Hanson’s 12-6 curve (think: 12:00 and 6:00 on your clock). It’s slower than the sinker.
Sinker is short for “sinking fast ball.” It’s about as fast as a slowish fast ball. It doesn’t so much loop in a curve as it just goes straight toward the plate and then the bottom drops out of it and it sinks down. Induces a lot of weak hits/ grounders.
Somebody correct me if I’m wrong.
Now, what I would like to understand is what a slider looks like. Just a fast ball, like the sinker, than fades to one side at the end? Is that it? Anyone? It’s bad to be a Braves fan (Smoltz) and not know that, isn’t it?
Speaking of shirt-backs…so, the FanGirls or whatever we call the fake cheerleaders with the t-shirt potato guns…I think I mentioned last year (or it was in my head) my thought that no way will they all wear “10″ on their backs this year (due to Chipper) – I bet they’ll all wear “2010.”
Anne: Or maybe “6″ for Bobby. Anne, yes they are “fake cheerleaders” and Curt, yes they are future fantasy wives….sigh/gulp!
After work today I met a couple of friends for dinner, had some beers and genuine belly laughs..much needed. Came home and found the Braves on TV (replay)..and in time to see Heyward and Chipper get back to back hits.
I remember when Chipper first came up as a scrawny/lanky shortstop, and then filled out and became the power guy he is now. Jason Heyward is “HUGE” in comparison at the beginning of his MLB career.