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Baseball, Ted Willams and the Art of Hitting.

 

Art and Artists come in all kinds of shapes and form. Opening Day for Major League Baseball was last weekend and we're excited. No, we're not going to paint our faces and talk about contracts and the daily talking points.... What we do like is boiling the game (baseball) down to it's simplest form, a pitch-by-pitch tale of two opposing teams. Much like a Bull Fighter, you're standing there on a mound and you have a "bag o' tricks" (curve ball, fastball, a change up perhaps?...) It's a guessing game that narrows down to the smallest margins of error. Going to a game on a summer night and watching a game slowly turn is how this patient game unfolds. As a traditionalist, I bask in the slowness of the game.

One of the best swings in baseball is from none other than Ted Williams of San Diego, California. His mechanics were fluid and his head was always still, as his body rotated in perfect alignment. Sometimes there's a simplicity to things that we should just recognize and appreciate. Like any other artist during his time, his work with the bat was fundamentals drilled down to perfection, so much so, that it seemed like it was effortless. May we all have the patience to strive for this quiet fluidity in all areas of our lives. 

 


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