Re: AWESOME article on Aroldis Chapman
Originally Posted by TSJ55
Although I don't fully comprehend your post. "...passed up by..."? I'm certain that if AC or Bolt are offended by anything I have to say, they have bigger problems than being attention hounds. But yeah, I kinda like the analogy that Saluki brings up. I think AC's pitching strength is more suited to sprint/closing than say, a decathalon/starting.
As a closer, he's got one job. Throw hard and get the last 3 outs as quickly as possible. Don't worry about pacing yourself. Pump gas unless Hanny tells you otherwise. "Don't think Meat. You can only hurt the ballclub" Just like a sprinter goes from blocks to tape as quickly as possible. Straight ahead, singularly focused.
A starter/decathlete has to be more well rounded and disciplined. He can't just be good at one thing. He's got to study and train A TON. He has to be able to keep his wits and know that one event/inning is not the end-all-be-all of the contest and that you can lose the battle but still win the war.
To be fair i was comparing their demeanors more than their sports. Bolt is considered by many to be the most arrogant athlete in the world. And you were making it sound like Chapman is nipping Bolt's heels in that category.
Last edited by Salukifan2; 02-19-2013 at 12:29 PM.