Washington Post reporter Adam Kilgore had a fascinating conversation with Washington Nationals slugger Jayson Werth about hitting, and Werth says something that’s sure to be disputed by readers:
His close friend Raul Ibañez, the ageless outfielder now playing for the Los Angeles Angels, once told him, “If you can hit, you can do anything.” Werth found it irrefutable, a simple edict spun from perfect logic.
“Because it doesn’t work both ways,” Werth said. “Just because you can do something else doesn’t mean you can hit. If you can hit, you can do anything. Because it’s the hardest thing to do. There’s nothing harder. I can bake a cake. I could figure out a way to do algorithms. But a guy that knows how to do algorithms could never hit. It’s literally the hardest thing to do. If you can do the hardest thing, you can do anything else.”
“There’s nothing harder in the galaxy,” he said.
There’s nothing harder in the galaxy. It’s like sitting down with Obi Jayson Kenobi. But is he right? It’s an old baseball axiom that “nothing is harder in sports than hitting a baseball.” But the galaxy?
What’s the hardest job? A plurality might say President of the United States. Once he turns 35 years old in May, Werth could run. Anyone born in the United States (or wherever) of that age could be president with the right backing. Would Werth be a good president? Maybe, maybe not. But that’s not the question. The question is, “Can Barack Obama hit a baseball?” He can shoot a basketball. He can swing a golf club. He can fill out a bracket without a teleprompter. But it’s a safe assumption that he cannot hit a baseball at a professional, much less a major league, level.
If he really wanted to give it a shot though, we’d encourage President Obama to start using the HyperFocus Helmet to help him see the baseball better. We’re pretty sure the President coud hit given the proper training. If he had the HyperFocus Helmet and took Justin Stone’s 12 Week Sequentail Hitting Plan, we think he could easily be .250 hitter in Little League 😉 So how about it Mr. President, are you up to the challenge?
Credits: Jayson Werth: ‘There’s nothing harder in the galaxy’ than hitting a baseball – Yahoo Sports (blog)