Saturday, March 28, 2009

Now batting...

Derek Jeter explains the difference between leading off and batting second:

"You hit 60 seconds earlier than you normally do."

When Damon was leading off, I'd say 20 seconds was more accurate.

"It's exactly the same unless somebody's on base," Jeter said. "Some particular inning whoever is hitting ninth leads off and gets on base, then it's back to hitting second."

With Brett Gardner or Melky batting ninth, that could be more like 5 seconds.

Remember Knoblauch at the plate? Even when he totally sucked, you knew you could count on at least 3 minutes for his at bat. Between the clever fans and the utterly disgusted fans, more beer was sold during Chuck's at bats than any other time in those days.

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