That baseball game

After seeing some of the photos from last weekends games in the newspapers I’ve come to the conclusion it’s bloody difficult to get good shots at a game without a press-pass, and a big lense on a decent camera. That said, here’s my contribution to the sporting history of the Chicago White Sox:

Almost hit it!
almost hit it

When the ball is pitched, it travels of speeds between 80mph and 93mph! Even if they don’t have to run around as much as in other team sports, their reflexes have to be very sharp! They have stamina too. Sitting down, drinking beer, or munching on a sandwich for 2-3 hours is easy. Concentrating and running around is another matter!

Watching the game

White Sox fans will recognise these players. I haven’t a clue who they are, except for Lee, for obvious reasons! Lee went on later, and made a great catch on a high ball.

Did he make it?

See that ball in the air over his head? A low ball, delivered right into the hands of a White Sox player ensured this guy was out!

The End

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

5 replies on “That baseball game”

great pictures donncha! the first one in particular is excellent. you’ve got the timing down on digital cameras.

btw, why doesn’t your comment thingy save my name/email/url in a cookie? i’m using galeon 1.2.x.

[…] How are the White Sox doing this year? I went to see several baseball games in Chicago and they were always a blast. More a social occasion than anything else. I of course had my camera, here are some shots from a White Sox game, and here’s the famous game where Sammy Sosa used a corked bat! That was my first baseball game, watched from a corporate box owned by Fox! […]

I like the photo of the swing showing the power behind the bat. Unfortunately for the batter the ball is behind the bat as well.

The speed of the ball at 80 to 93 mph is fast but the bat speed is important as well. Although much slower it makes a difference. If you can get your bat speed up the ball goes radically further on the hit. +7 mph/35 feet +12 mph/60 feet +15 mph/75 feet +18 mph/90 feet

Bat speed and power hitting takes practice but the most important thing as in your photo shows, the bat has to hit the ball.

I was a terrible hitter before high school ball. I could run fast and pitch but my coordination and reflexes were just off. I don’t know if it was a mental block on my part or if I just didn’t mature fast enough. I was embarrassed, the team bunter, fielder, and pinch runner, lol. Oh well. Really cool pics by the way, can I assume it was one of those multi-shot cameras or are you just really quick?

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