catapult magazine

catapult magazine




Jan 01 2005
03:20 pm

Baseball is amazing as well because of the perfect distances and scale of the field. Speedy Johnny Damon makes it to first a split second before the Alex Rodriguez’ throw from third. 50 years ago Pee Wee Reese made it to first a split second before the throw from Andy Carey. And 50 years before that. The runners were slower, the arms not as strong, but the field is the equalizer.

Also, talk about creativity. In other sports, football, hockey, basketball, the field is exactly the same size no matter where you play. Baseball has the green monster where a short fly ball to left is a homerun. Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right field. Houston’s hill, San Fran’s McCovey cove. Arizona has two warning tracks that confuses visiting outfielders. Some blame Mariano Rivera’s error in the 2001 game seven on the old-fashioned strip of dirt between home plate and the pitcher’s mound.

Could go on and on.