The other day David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox showed up for batting practice with a metal bat. Of course, these are banned in major league baseball, but he wanted to put on a show for the fans during batting practice. He supposedly hit several balls completely out of Fenway Park–even some over the scoreboard. Now you know why they are banned in pro baseball. However, that is only part of what I wanted to discuss today. In the early days of baseball, players literally brought lumber to the plate. The bats were huge from one end to the other. Babe Ruth supposedly used a bat so large that some major leaguers couldn’t even swing it. As the years have gone by, the bats keep getting smaller, lighter, and more slender. Couple this with the fact that ash is not readily available any more you constantly see bats being shattered. Ash wood has been affected by a beetle and no other wood has proven to be as good as ash was. Players say they prefer the new slender bats because they get the same effect with the narrow handle as a golfer gets when he uses a driver. You literally get a whiplash effect which carries the ball farther from the plate. With all of the technology in baseball today, you can see this in some of the slow motion camera shots. I have already discussed the controversy of metal bats and their danger to pitchers in the lowest levels of baseball. I doubt if anybody uses the Jackie Robinson model that was so popular in my high school baseball days.
Anthony Joshua is unconcerned by popularity and says winning is all that is required to maintain public interest.The Londoner won Olympic gold in 2012 and has enjoyed a direct and speedy journey to today’s world title clash with IBF champion Charles Martin at The O2 – live on Sky Sports Box Office. In his previous bout – a seventh-round knockout defeat of long-time rival Dillian Whyte at the same venue – Joshua appeared to land a blow on his opponent after the bell.But Joshua told Behind The Ropes: “This isn’t golf. It’s the fight game, the hurt business. You fight until you’re pulled off your opponent. That’s what I’d tell any fighter in my gym.“You don’t fight and listen for the bell. That’s why people get punched after the bell. As a fighter, let’s not forget what you’re in it for. You’re a gladiator, a warrior and you fight until you’re pulled apart. That’s where I’m coming from.“We keep rocking and rolling until we’re pulled apart and may the best man win. Someone has to go. I enjoy it. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t. Boxing to me is fun and helps me to develop me as a man.“Nobody forces me to do it. I found it myself. I built it myself. I train by myself. It’s all me. I just enjoy it and I like the people I’m around. From a young age, when I was 18, boxing became my life. Without it I don’t think I’ll have much fun.“This is not a popularity contest. This is fighting. I’ve got to win. As long as I’m winning, people are going to keep on watching. I leave the popularity thing down to the PR people. You’ve got to have the focused mentality.”With Joshua wowing the British public with his ferocious run of knockouts to date, the 26-year-old is delighted at the prospect of home advantage when he takes on the American.He added: “I’m not in a rush to be travelling the world. Charles Martin coming over here is class. There are big stadiums here and an unbelievable fanbase so I don’t see why we have to go overseas to fight. I think it’s unbelievable he wants to come here and fight me so I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram