A Haymaker Home Run - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
A Haymaker Home Run

A friend’s e-mail greets me as I open my computer:

I am glorying in Pujols’ home run to extend the NLCS, though as the announcers pointed out, the real hero was David Eckstein for getting a two-out, two-strike, nobody on base single to keep the Cardinals’ season alive. I didn’t have much of a rooting interest other than, like you, a certain disgust at a 6-month season of dominance for the Cards going up in smoke due to the “wild card” format. Baseball is just not that kind of sport. It’s a slow game that is all about the long haul, but we have footballized it, and football is best left for football.

I can’t compete with his insights, especially his poetry about the slow game that is all about the long haul, but let me at least add my two-cents’ worth. If Eckstein’s a hero, which he is, so is Jim Edmonds and his ability to work the pitcher for a walk (after an unfortunate last at-bat the previous night — proving these pros really do improve from day to day). But, my gosh, has there ever been a more smashing home run than Albert Pujols’s? It KO’ed a team, a packed stadium, a city. One out away from the World Series! If Houston doesn’t gets there now, it’ll never forgive Hurricane Rita for sparing it in the first place.

I noticed that when Pujols came up that last time one of the announcers called him “one of the best hitters in baseball.” The best hitter in baseball, I quickly corrected. There’s never been a player with his thick statistics over his first five years. Anyway, I love it when I’m subsequently proved right.

Sign Up to receive Our Latest Updates! Register

Notice to Readers: The American Spectator and Spectator World are marks used by independent publishing companies that are not affiliated in any way. If you are looking for The Spectator World please click on the following link: https://spectatorworld.com/.

Be a Free Market Loving Patriot. Subscribe Today!