Here’s something a friend sent me this afternoon.
I just finished watching "Beyond the Glory" on Kirk Gibson’s homerun. It was pretty good stuff. First off, that Gibson was okay. They brought him to L.A. to regulate on the sissies that were a bunch of losers. His whole philosophy was to play as hard as possible until your body broke, then get fixed and commence to breaking it again [kind of like the ‘Lather, Rinse, Repeat’ approach to baseball]. The most interesting aspect, however, involved the role scouting played in that most dramatic homerun. A Dodger scout had watched Eckersley and realized that when he would get to a full count against a left handed hitter, he favored going to a backdoor slider. When the count went to full, Gibson called time, stepped out, and smiled. He was sitting on that pitch. A fastball would have struck him out easily. I just found it very ironic that the work of a scout proved so pivotal in that moment — and that it came against the Oakland A’s. I’m not saying that an iBook wouldn’t have revealed that, but it does seem to be a powerful argument for the presence of scouting.