"Uh yeah...that's called the hit-and-run...the pitcher hit the batter with the ball so the batter gets to run to first base..."
"This guy's gonna bunt right down the first base line." (Need I tell you where the home run he hits winds up?)
Anyway...that was a great game on Monday night, when the Tampa Bay Rays pulled ahead of the Red Sox, the Red Sox tied it up in the top of the ninth, and the Rays won it with a two-out walkoff homer off Sox closer Koji Uehara in the bottom of the ninth. That's why baseball will always be a game for the heart and the mind.
So, in the morning, I was flipping around with the remote and saw a statistic on the crawl on the bottom of the ESPN screen:
FIRST NINTH INNING HOMER OFF A UEHARA SPLITTER SINCE 2009
|How to hit a splitter|
|How to hold|
I suppose it's because the age of the computer has taken over baseball broadcasting - all sports broadcasting - because back in the day, the announcers did not have access to such arcane data, either during or after the game. The most insight you would hear would be something such as "Old Lefty usually throws a curve on a 2-0 count" or "Wilmer has three mules on his farm back in Morrisville, MO."
I think I liked hearing about Wilmer's mules better. The devil is in the details.