i'd pay to see that. and gibby'd pound him pretty good if he walked out to the mound. that's the shit part of where the game's gone. so many of these guys start bitching and moaning and puffing up the first time a pitch is that
much inside. good point, andrew; still, bonds remains in his own league.
i remember drysdale talking about pitching to henry aaron and how he'd plunk him, knock him down, dust him off, etc., just to have The Hammer get back up and rope a line drive up the alley, or over the fence. (i believe aaron handled drysdale - as well as the rest of the league - pretty well during his career.)
wanna see some mind-bending numbers? check the stats on the back of a henry aaron card sometime.
i guess i don't mind the armor so much; just don't cry when you get pitched high and tight. a pitcher can't (or won't) do that, he's not going to last.
remember when robin ventura walked out to nolan ryan after a high, tight one? nolan did a pretty good noogy number on robin's noggin. and this was a nolan ryan at 43, 44, still throwing gas and not taking guff.
at the same time, a fastball at your ear can erase a good mood pretty quick.
man, it's october. baseball playoffs and mammoth opening in a month.