This game is difficult
A blog post off the beaten path: Found a batting cage in the greater Tampa area after the game today and jumped in what was labeled as the ‘expert’ cage. If I had to guess, this was probably about a 90 mph machine.
Back when I was playing on a team and training regularly, I could handle an 80 mph fastball from one of those things consistently. This was definitely faster than that. Look, I wasn’t ever going to play professionally or anything, but I do miss being between the white lines (this job really doesn’t lend any kind of time to join a league).
It’s pretty sobering when you dig in for 10 or 12 pitches and can’t even foul one off. But it’s also nice to get that reminder once in a while. This game looks very easy from a distance, less so when you’re actually trying to do it. Back to your regularly scheduled programming…