05-02-2007, 02:54 PM
Last night I had the pleasure of tearing down wallpaper and painting my basement when I noticed something. I was able to continue painting and casually watch the game except when Josh Hamilton was up to bat. It was about three atbats until I noticed it, but every time like clockwork I would put down my roller and grab a spot on the sofa. In his first year in the bigs he has my attention, and now im trying to figure out what it is. I at first thought it was THE STORY that was drawing me in, that I was watching so closely in hopes that my support would in some way make him the player he almost never was and is now being given another chance to be. After sorting through it all in my mind I think I have figured it out. In every single at bat, in my mind i feel as if I am witnessing the birth of greatness and I very well could be. Never in all of the baseball I have watched have I seen a hitter with the mix of poise, power, contact, patience, and speed as this kid. I know alot of people are saying "yea but it's early" but to me thats the amazing part of it. He will continue to improve his approach, his average may slip a bit, but I will go out on a limb and say that the best by far is yet to come. When it does, no matter what I'm doing or where I'm at I will be watching. So this brings me to a question of all of you. In all of sports past or present, who are the athletes that you would drop everything to watch, and to take it even further lets say that RZ has just invented a time machine which would allow us to go back in time to any event in sports, or even forward in time to maybe watch a seasoned Homer Bailey pitch in 2010. Where would you go, who would you see. Would seing it in person live up to whats been written?