“Knock the cover off the ball!”

I was alerted to this by a Chicagoan friend, a long-suffering Cubs fan   It shows how statistics don’t tell the whole story. From NRO:

Not only did Garcia’s teammate, Jose Abreu, slug two home runs against the Indians on Thursday evening, reports Lindsey Foltin of Fox Sports Ohio, he managed to tear open a brand-new ball with another swing.
Abreu’s 439-foot bomb in the second inning of that game came off Danny Salazar. Gammons Daily’s Bill Chuck noted that the 24-year-old fireballer had a most peculiar outing:
Salazar faced just 18 batters [over three and two-thirds innings,] allowing six hits, including two homers and a double, and walked two and permitted five runs.

Now here’s the amazing part . . .

He struck out every other batter he faced.

Check out his BABIP yesterday — the White Sox were perfect [1.000].

In the meantime, we should always strive to knock the cover off the ball.


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  1. LarryW2LJ says:

    “The Natural” – my favorite movie – along with “Field of Dreams”.

    “There are only three things that America will be remembered for 2000 years from now when they study this civilization: The Constitution, Jazz music, and Baseball. These are the 3 most beautiful things this culture’s ever created.” – Gerard Early

  2. Scott Tenney Sr says:

    The Constitution, Jazz, and Baseball are indeed all beautiful things. But I would add (with a nod to the late cartoonist, Jeff McNelly): What about the slam-dunk? The bacon cheeseburger? The riding lawnmower? Yankee ingenuity at its best.

  3. JustaSinner says:

    I always watch the first pitch of the Cubs first game. Then I can smugly state, Cubs are statistically out of the World Series…and is it too early to ‘start thinking about next year’!?
    From a forced Cardinal fan and natural Red Sox fan.

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