How to Homer

Could a 45-year-old writer with no baseball experience beyond seventh grade, armed with only desire and an obsessive work ethic, go deep in a major league park? It would take a helluva lot of swings to find out.

I love this. Michael McKnight endeavors to find out just how hard it is for an average person to hit a home run in a professional ballpark. In McKinght’s words:

It’s for those among us who yell at our TV screens—You can’t take that pitch! You gotta crush that!—forgetting how impossible it is to swing a round bat and strike a round ball snaking by at 90 mph.

07.19.2017Tagged with:    

Eri Yoshida secures a place among baseball’s greats

Eri Yoshida is still waiting to start her second game in the US, but has already earned her place in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

It’s unlikely she’ll consider retiring any time soon, but the 18-year-old Japanese pitcher has already secured a place in the Cooperstown, N.Y., museum that documents baseball’s history. The bat and specially cut-down jersey that 5’1″ Ms. Yoshida used when she became the first woman to play professional baseball in two countries — in her May 29 debut for the Golden Baseball League’s Chico Outlaws — will go on display in the museum.

Yoshida, a knuckleballer dubbed the “Knuckle Princess,” is the first woman to appear in an American professional baseball game since Ila Borders in 2000.

Phillies Hope To End 364-Day World Series Drought

A lot has happened since Philadelphia last won the Series.

“The bottom line is we’re a pretty inexperienced team, and for many of these young players, this will be the first time they’ve been to the World Series in a year.” Manuel said. “A lot has changed in that time. If you would have told me last October that this country would elect a black president before the Philadelphia Phillies made it back to the World Series, I would have laughed in your face.”

(via df)

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