29 Aug

The Wanderer

Chipper Jones
Hitters hit. (photo: Steve Paluch/Flickr Creative Commons)

Hitting is an art. Ted Williams knew it. He made it his signature to be the best. “There goes the greatest hitter who ever lived,” was what he hoped people would say as he walked down the street. Given how we’ve come to understand Williams’ career over the past fifty years, such a statement still wouldn’t be too far from the truth.

Plenty of hitters hit, but few are consistently great. They have holes in their swing, they can’t consistently hit for power, they run hot and cold. Chipper Jones won’t ever quite be in the same category as Ted Williams, but he’s not far off.

I found myself on the couch on Sunday night, watching Sunday Night Baseball. Chipper Jones came to bat as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning and the crowd rose to its feet. It was his…

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