Saturday, November 18, 2006

I like Wikopedia, but...

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post ""Butcher Boy"":

Ben, I don't think the Butcher Boy play makes the ball go any faster. The purpose of the play is to fake out the infielders. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the Butcher Boy:

"The butcher boy is a baseball play in which a hitter squares up to bunt as the pitcher winds up, but then quickly pulls the bat back and takes a quick swing. The goal of the play is generally to draw one of the corner infielders in close to home plate as if to field a bunt and then pull the ball past the fielder. The play is generally only tried in situations in which a sacrifice bunt is expected - often with the pitcher up to hit in National League games and a runner on base."

Ben's Response:

That may be so. But I believe what I said is also correct.

The backspin creates a partial vacuum, which nature abhors, pushing the ball further.



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