Tell Mr. Edgar Martinez all about it.
'Gar went from a so-so third baseman to a possible hall of famer DH based solely on his production at the plate. He has said in many an interview that his hitting was developed, not God-given. He worked extremely hard, even overcoming an eyesight disability to win two batting titles.
He would hit off of a tee between innings to stay sharp and groove his swing.
It seems to me that this forum is dedicated not only to those who have a gift from God, but also to those whose gift is more mundane, but who love the game enough to want more than what their natural gifts might bring them. They are willing to work hard, sacrifice, and take advice from some of the most questionable folks out here in cyberspace, like (name deleted), as well as some of the folks in this forum who have paid their dues and know what they’re talking about.
Some folks can hit the snot out of the ball, period. Ken Griffey Jr. comes to mind. Best natural hitter I ever saw. Pay-Rod is another one for whom God smiled and gave a game changing talent.
Here is the most important post I have ever made. Most of us must take what we are given and work our arses off to maximize our talent. It is to those folks that we dedicate our time and postings and what passes for wisdom on this website. Its not just that " if you can hit the ball you can hit the ball".
Do you think that posts like this actually benefit those who are looking for direction and advice???