The key is the portion of the original quotation that was italicized: "For the pitcher, instead of delivering the ball to the batter in an honest, straightforward way, that the latter may exert his strength to the best advantage in knocking it, now uses every effort to deceive him by curving-I think that is the word-the ball." It is tempting to focus on the part about the curve ball
, but the objection is to any attempt to pitch the ball in such a way that the batter cannot hit it.
I start by setting the poles about halfway down to the target, slightly to the right of center for right-hand throwers and opposite for lefties to develop the curve ball
But pitchers generally use the same grip for the fastball and the slider (a pitch that travels faster than a curve ball
but spins less) to avoid tipping off the pitch.
They are the kinds who, when the curve ball
comes in chin-high, lean out over the plate a little more the next time.
She's got a real nice drop ball and curve ball
. She can go either way on the plate with a curve ball
, and the change up is pretty good.
Ron Koertge's "A Robot Doesn't Have a Curve Ball
" debates the merits of dating and baseball in a future cybernetic world, and Lois Lowry's "Rage" shows the anger and desperation of a man watching the world he knew dissolve.
I hold great hope and confidence that you will meet every challenge and curve ball
Six seconds later the batter might get a slider in another part of the strike zone or a 76 mph curve ball
. It could hardly be more lifelike.
Except for the LSAT, the smartass bluejay, which is designed by demented geniuses who have made a science of turning a curve ball
into a triple helix, and figured out how to get paid for doing it.)
Although we'd prefer all the pitches (opportunities) to be "right down the middle," every good hitter has to be able to hit a curve ball
. To be consistently successful, a hitter has to anticipate what is going to be thrown at him/her, be ready to take a swing, be willing to take a risk, be talented enough to hit the ball, and be strong enough to hit it hard.
I got partway there when, abruptly, life threw me the proverbial curve ball
. I dove into Lake Michigan to retrieve a pair of shoes my friend's dog knocked in.
However, he throws her a curve ball
by telling her to sell him a share of the Tall Ship.