A memorable conversation with ‘The Voice of God’

I knew that New York Times reporter Molly was going to be interviewing Ted about food, fishing, and obviously a little baseball. When Molly told me about this, I was in awe that my sister was poised to speak with one of the greatest hitters in history. I jokingly told Molly that I was having a hard time and she had to tell Ted that she needed her advice. Still, when Molly visited Ted’s house, I never expected he would contact me. All of this brought me back to the boy my proud father told him that his swing was reminiscent of Williams’ swing. I couldn’t match Williams’ swing or his achievements, but I was outrageous about talking to him directly.

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To this day, despite my sister’s connection and her mild or strong nudge, I’m still surprised that Ted was willing to call me. I was even more surprised when Ted said, “You’re not going to hit the ball the other way.” Those words gave me goosebumps because it showed that Ted knew how to hit productively. To be successful, you had to find a pitch from the center or outside of the plate and hit the ball into the opposite field. So the legendary Ted Williams knew my approach as a full-blown hitter who had a knack for steering and hitting the ball in the middle or in the opposite direction.

“Know?” I answered. “You’re right. I came out ahead too quickly.” A minute into the conversation, I was already trying to deal with how surreal Ted Williams was. Ted Williams – Evaluated me as a hitter. Ted finished his phenomenal career with a .344 average, 521 home runs, and an all-time record, being the last person to cross .400 (1941), having been named six batting titles, two MVP, and 19 All-Star Teams. . .482 on-base percentage. He is also a hero who twice stopped his career to serve in World War II and the Korean War. And he was talking to me about the blow! It was an inspiring and nerve-wracking call because he was absorbing every word Ted had to say. But I also felt that I had 100 questions to ask before God’s voice cuts off. I didn’t want to disturb him, so I let him lead the conversation, and certainly Ted said something that made me laugh and made me feel like I was doing the right thing as a hitter.

“Don’t let anyone change you.” Ted barked.

As much as every hitting advice I’ve received, those words resonated with me because they matched what I always felt. As a stubborn, serious hitter, I dedicated myself to an approach hitting the line drive, rising to swing level and a few uppercuts. I believed in that swing and I still do. Hearing Williams say he shouldn’t let the batter change him was one of the highlights of the call and was something I could listen to all day.

To be honest, I should have expected Ted to emphasize that because that’s what he wrote in his book “The Science of Striking,” which analyzed hitting a baseball, the most difficult task in the sport. I can’t remember when I first picked up the book, but I do remember being fascinated by it. The cover features a photo of Ted. His paws are raised slightly, his eyes are focused on the baseball, and he has a body language that exclaims “I’m about to crush this pitch”. Ted batted .349 in his career, Lefty O’Doul told him: Your style is yours.” Ted obeyed. So I did.

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