Monday, September 29, 2014

check swing

A player (rookie catcher Andrew Susac, of the San Francisco Giants) checks his swing. He holds back. He has a second thought, within a nanoseconds-limited cage. He reconsiders, and halts the muscular force of an intentional swing. In unintentionally casting his batting fate to Fate, Susac in turn receives a gift from the baseball gods and goddesses: the baseball sails over first base, ricochets off the leg of an umpire, and Susac finds himself on second base. A rally ensues. This is so not Western. In the Western world, will prevails. Will and willpower conspire to conjure results. Or so we are told. But in this instance will was thwarted. Willpower wilted. And the results were better than expected or anticipated.

6 comments:

uncachuck said...

Ha ha! The ball hit the bag and THEN hit the ump. Note the slight change in direction when it goes toward the ump. It appears to be angling fair rather than foul when it hit the bag.

Reminiscent of the Hunter Pence triple hit in the 2012 NLCS.

Pawlie Kokonuts said...

I've studied it like the Zapruder film. No explaining it. Yup, like Hunter's hit a la "The Natural" magic.

uncachuck said...

Too funny! Just like the magic loogy from Seinfeld.

Craig said...

the magic loogy. That was a good episode. And this is a great blog post, PK.

Anonymous said...

Nice thread Mr. Kokonuts (sp?). Yes, that hit by the Pride of Sacramento (actually Roseville and Jesuit High) was right up there with Pence's wild hit in the 2012 post-season. Thanks for sharing.
Chi (chuck)

Pawlie Kokonuts said...

Thanks, fellow Flappers.