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Beware of Flying Baseballs

Every summer when the middle of June is approaching, there are many reports of large pieces of hail falling from the skies of Omaha, Nebraska.  Many who report the accounts describe the pieces of hail as being the size of a baseball.  This is when insurance companies are sent into overdrive.  Hundreds of homes are damaged each summer, for it is the only thing that can protect them.  They have become quite accustomed to this occurrence every June.  They know the one warning sign to listen out for.  As one person might listen for a clap of thunder in a thunderstorm, the people who are affected most by this storm listen for the fatal sound of… ping.However, there is one thing that the great people of Omaha should know.  It isn’t hail that is pelting the homes of hundreds every summer.  Actually, they are real-life baseballs.

And surprisingly, some supernatural force is not causing this onslaught of baseballs.  It is being caused by actual humans, and has been for quite some time.

And where might the epicenter of this storm be located, you might ask?

Well, this may be hard to believe, but it is located right down the street at the city’s largest baseball complex, Rosenblatt Stadium.

And it is at the faults of ruckus college students that so many homes are damaged each and every June.  These ruckus college student-athletes are devised among eight college baseball teams from all around the country.  For the entire baseball season, they have all fought to get to this one spot.  They have practiced night and day to participate in what today has become a miniature homerun derby at the collegiate level.  It is known by most as the College World Series.

It is amazing that baseball players are allowed to use hand-held rocket launchers while at bat.  So many pitchers have ruined their baseball careers while in front of Major League Scouts for the simple fact of them seeing a pitcher give up a 500 ft. bomb to a guy who is no bigger than your little sister.  

And you can forget the ones who hit balls out of the park, and are at least the size of average baseball players.  After the ball is hit out of Roseblatt Stadium and sent into orbit, the baseballs are classified as small asteroids when they finally come back down to Earth.    

The baseballs have been known to leave small craters within the Omaha region as a result of this.

The price of these aluminum bats these days is another thing that is astonishing.  By hearing some of the prices on these aluminum bats, you would either think that a) it is the newest thing that is being sold on the streets, or b) these bats are being made from the finest aluminum money can buy.  

Quite frankly, the aluminum bats have tarnished the collegiate baseball game somewhat.  Homeruns are so common now that it is no big deal to the average baseball fan.  Nowadays, the shocking thing to see at a baseball game would be if no homeruns were given up within a nine-inning baseball game.  But no, what has happened is that the aluminum bats have changed the game.  It is no longer a competition between two respective universities.

It is now a spectacle.

It is a spectacle that tries to draw the not-so-average baseball fan in, and it is something now that is growing old on the average fan.  It has now taken away the value of a run.

Who cares if your team is playing for a shot at a national championship, and they are down six runs in the bottom of the seventh.  There is no need to worry because what you have in your hands is the answer to all your problems.  If you just swing away, who knows, you may find yourself up six runs in the blink of an eye.

The aluminum bat is the one saving grace in which a second-rate school has in a game against a major university.  It is the one thing that actually gives them a shot at winning.  Hell, with the types of aluminum bats college baseball teams use today, it would keep a church-league softball team in a game also.

I am not saying that it is bad to have lots of scoring in baseball, but at the rate collegiate teams score runs, now that is too much for anyone.  

It takes away the excitement from defensive games.  You never hear about pitchers’ duels anymore in college baseball.  All that is ever reported is how bad one team beat another into the ground.

For instance, there is a perfect example of this which took place just recently in the tournament of sixty-four just a couple of days ago.  Now brace yourselves if you have not already heard because most of you probably have already.

The University of Quinnipiac faced off against Miami (OH) University in your average collegiate baseball game.  However, Quinnipiac did not know what they had in stored for them from the Red Birds.  What had occurred was the most lopsided game probably to have ever been witnessed in the history of NCAA Division I baseball.

If you don’t know the score by now, then it here it is.

35-8, Red Birds win flying away.

A score of this magnitude would have been physically impossible if the two teams would have used bats made of actual wood.  Either the pitchers for Quinnipiac were unbearably awful, or the entire Miami (OH) team is all future Major League prospects.  Or it could be just the bats.

Scoring these days has gotten so out of hand, that it could be a legitimate argument that people could start considering aluminum bats a performance-enhancing supplement.  

Aluminum bats were first introduced into college baseball in 1974.  Since then, the aluminum bats are lighter than ever which helps the batter in this case tremendously.  With the bats being light in weight, it gives the hitter better control of his swing.  

The effects of these aluminum bats could best be described from the championship series of the 1998 College World Series between the University of Southern California and Arizona State University.  Within the championship series, 35 out of 111 College World Series records were broken, and 17 more records were tied.

In the final game, USC outslugged ASU to win 21-14.  Team records for most RBIs, and most at-bats were broken with USC earning 20 RBIs and getting 46 batters to the plate.

Other records, which were broken during the championship game, included runs scored (35), homeruns (9), and most RBIs by one player (7).

From aluminum bats being introduced first in 1974, college baseball has seen it become harder for pitchers to strike out players at the plate.  Earned-run averages have also steadily increased during this time span reaching as high as 6.12 runs per game in 1998.

And that of an aluminum bat has caused all of this offensive madness.  Imagine what it would have been like if the bat were wooden.

One reply on “Beware of Flying Baseballs”

very very entertaining So unlike most stories I read, loved it. Hard to find new sports angle, very much appreciated this originality dude.
Very cool

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