Friday, October 5, 2012

MLB Makes History With Inaugural #WildCard Games

     Traditionally, the three division winners and the best record among the division runner-ups in each league go into the Division Series. That's 4 teams for each league. Those winners play the League Championship Series to determine who will play in the World Series.
     If you love baseball, you know that even more exciting than the Postseason sometimes, can be the Pennant Race, the last few games of the regular season. These games can take on a "postseason feel" themselves with teams fighting for the best record in their division. Often, this will come down the very last game of the year!
     In 2012, Major League Baseball has captured that excitement with the addition of "The Wild Card Games". Baseball is played in a series format so, when a team's Championship hopes come down to just a single game, it creates a sense of urgency that is unmatched in sports.
     The new format is simple. It is virtually unchanged except that now, the second best team in the Wild Card standings also has a shot at the Postseason with a 1-game playoff to decide who will move on to the Division Series.
Remember this gem from 2011?
VIDEO: Tigers vs Twins #163
     That was one of the greatest games ever played for so many reasons. This is what MLB is going for with the new Wild Card format and I think they've done it!
One game. Win or Go Home.
The St. Louis Cardinals were victorious in Atlanta vs the Braves.
The Baltimore Orioles finish off the Texas Rangers in Arlington.
The Postseason continues Saturday at 2:30 pst from Detroit on TBS.
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

#SeeItHitIt: July 22, 2012

Hello again.

It has been a few months since the last #SeeItHitIt post and I want you to know that the concept is still very much alive. I intend to update more often as I have found new inspiration and have been satisfied with the progress we've made to date.

Before I get into it, I'll address those of you who are reading of this for the first time. #SeeItHitIt is a concept I developed that is rooted in my love of baseball, interest in martial arts and philosophy as well as the fact that I am legally blind. Feel welcomed to peruse the archives to understand more but, I'm sure you'll catch up quickly.

As of a few months ago, my right contact was damaged. With contacts, I can see fairly well. Without them, my eyes are virtually useless so, this has been a frustrating time.

Aside from the headaches, the biggest drawback is the poor depth perception. This plays an obvious role in prolonging my success at hitting a baseball. I still insist though, that it is not impossible.

Since the last update, I've established a routine. This will be news to regular followers, as well.

With limited options, I've set up a place in my garage to work on my swing. The breakthrough came from wiffle balls and a batting tee. After lugging equipment to the park and losing tennis balls to the neighbors' yard I decided that the old way was inefficient.

* I look forward to another post about teaching myself to hit from the other box. More on that later *

I'm scheduled to visit with an eye specialist this week and am hopeful to find a solution that won't hurt my wallet. Cross your fingers and don your rally caps for me!

Besides the visual aspect, another concern was getting in to a better physical shape. I refuse to weight train (more on that later as well) and cardio is difficult because of my eyes. Despite that, the daily routine of stretching and swinging the bat is working up a sweat and I'm beginning to see positive results, anyway.

As you may gather from the rest of my posts, I'm also into working my mind. I try to stay mentally involved in the game (a huge thanks to twitter for that).

When working on my swing, I make it a point to visualize specific situations. Establishing the count, the inning, score, how many outs even which type of pitcher I may face allows the exercise to stay fresh, at times even exciting.

Another mental aspect I like to work on is my approach. For competitive purposes I'm not telling everything entirely but, I'll share a few key points with you ;)

Since I first read it, I was inspired my Morihei Ueshiba's Aikido manual entitled "The Art of Peace". Since last time I faced a pitcher, my approach has changed drastically due to this book. I've always been an Average > Power type of hitter. Since studying this concept I've become even more patient, which I hope will increase my average and maybe even accuracy and power.

A quote: "The best strategy relies upon an unlimited set of responses."

I intend to be prepared for fastballs, breaking balls, high, low, inside and out.

Until the next post.

Thanks for reading,

Vin Scully "and there was Jackie"