“Bone is stronger than reinforced concrete,’ says Ben, ‘yet light enough to allow us to sprint.’ All your bones together will weigh no more than about twenty pounds, yet most can withstand up to a ton of compression. ‘Bone is also the only tissue in the body that doesn’t scar,’ Ben adds.” Ben Olliveri is a professor and surgeon at University of Nottingham in England, quoted here by Bill Bryson in his book, The Body.
Miraculous, the entire structure that is our body. However, in this particular instance, bones take our special attention.
Did this all happen by accident? Give that some thought, if you will. It is a question worth pondering.
So it has been a long time comin.’ San Diego has a real ball club with an astonishing shortstop. His name is Fernando Tatis, Jr.
Some journalists think he should wear a cape. Some say he does things that are unheard of. With his blazing speed he catches balls out of the reach of others, fielding his position. Some cannot believe at a mere 22 years of age he not only hits homers at an unheard of pace, but against great pitchers with all their stuff working.
Another aspect of his game, I have never seen in 66 years of watching this game. He becomes Spiderman when he slides into a base. He steals the base with both his speed and his gymnastic skill. He can almost stretch himself into a large pretzel to avoid the tag of good ballplayers, despite being 6 foot 4 and 215 pounds.
Some players come off a week or so on an injured list and need some practice time in the minors pre-return. Tatis all three times, of different length, this year, returned directly to the team and homered the same day,
After years of frustration watching the Padres, I tear up when I think about this superb team and his leadership. I doubt I will live to see the end of his 14 year contract, but, I will treasure the opportunity to watch Fernando play, now. In addition to his admirable humility he plays with a joy I haven’t seen since the 1960s and the great Willie Mays.