Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Danger of Walks

Cultural Offering, ever alert, examines an important lesson at a baseball game:

The opposing coach made a very good point: "Ever notice how errors so often follow walks?" I chuckled - our team had taken the lead so I was comfortable chuckling. But the coach was right. At any level when you start walking batters, the fielders are lulled to sleep. Walks are soporific. They require no skill on the part of the pitcher, batters or fielders and a baseball game beset with them grinds to geologic pace as the batters decide not to swing and fielders begin to notice shapes in the dirt and happenings on other fields in the park.

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