Saturday, May 15, 2010
This is What I Know About Being Gigantic
Though I promised a Character Assassination earlier this week (and will deliver soon enough), taking time out to recognize greatness is always a good idea. The Jays may have scored a million runs last night against a parade of ineffective Rangers hurlers; but the turning point of the game — nay, the fate of the franchise — came in the third inning.
If you or anyone you know called for Travis Snider to be sent down, watch this. If you expressed concern over Travis Snider's ability to handle a big league fastball, read on. If you worried Travis Snider may not be ready now or ever, give your head a shake and scroll down.
Travis Snider turned in an amazing at bat against a hard throwing Rich Harden. An amazing 11 pitch at bat. He fouled back fastballs inside and up in the zone. He handled 4 straight fastballs, then fouled back a tough slider, then fouled off ANOTHER fastball before turning on a change up down and in.
At bats like this are the reason he gets so much rope. At bats like this are why platooning him with the likes of Jose Bautista drives people to drink. Travis Snider is a professional hitter. Please to enjoy below.
Saying "Travis Snider Comes Alive" is slightly inaccurate, as Snider's turned in great at bats for weeks now. He showcases his incredibly strong hands on a near-daily basis, flicking the bat through the zone to cover offspeed junk. He'll still get tied up by a decent fastball up and in, but Travis Snider can hit like very few, and it's a pleasure to watch him evolve and improve. Exciting even. So exciting I'm throwing in the Gameday version of the at bat. Wheee!
Good stuff via Brooks Baseball, Gameday, and Crack of Dawn