I've been gone for a couple days, traveling back home, and it seems as if I never left. In fact, it looks like someone turned the clock back five years because here is Softy ranting against Ellsbury just like the good old days. Someone else mentioned this earlier, but I would love to see Ells resign here, for many years, have a great career, AND continue to read Softy explain how much slower he's gotten and how badly he breaks on balls, and my all-time favorite, how his reverse-pivot makes him a fourth outfielder profile at best.
And if having Softy back to bash Ells isn't enough, we get the new guy, TV guy in fact, to argue, discredit and simply annoy the regulars here. Who are you and what is your point?
Amp great to see you back! I've played and coached this game for many years and there are instincts, for lack of a better term, that can not be taught. They can be improved upon with time and repetition, but many people don't have the innate ability to run in one direction while looking over their shoulder in another for a 2 1/2 inch sphere that is 300 feet away from them. I spent most of my playing life as a catcher, but I remember when my dad first converted me from shortstop to catcher (our catcher had broken his arm on our little-league team 55 years or so ago) he said he hated to do it because I was the only player he had who knew where the ball was going to be hit and was already moving in that direction before the batter made contact. Later in life as I played more beer-belly softball games I played the outfield and I could do the same thing. No idea how or why, just instinct. Of course I needed the instincts to make up for my lack of athleticiscm relative to these MLB level players.
Now great athletes like Ellsbury may not, in fact I know he does not, have that instinct, but with practice and repetition and experience AND with great speed, they can overcome that split second of indecision that JD Drew, Edmunds, Paul Blair and many other great outfielders, including young Jackie Bradley, seem to possess.
We're off to our best start in years, in spite of Andy Pettite, why can't we all just enjoy it?