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Jayson Werth says “there’s nothing harder in the galaxy” than hitting

Mar 20, 2014, 8:20 AM EST

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Jayson Werth is an interesting guy. Not wired quite like most ballplayers. You get the sense that there’s a lot going on above and behind that beard of his. Wheels are always turning. Because sometimes you get quotes from him which don’t come out of the cliche factory.

Take his views on hitting as described in Adam Kilgore’s article in the Washington Post the other day. Werth’s friend Raul Ibanez told him that if you can hit you can do anything. Werth expands:

“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.

Werth is married and has two kids and, based on my own personal experience at least, he had best not say such things around his wife lest he be forced to swallow and then pass a bowling ball as a means of approximating childbirth. Oh, and then take care of the bowling ball by himself for several years as his wife spends six or seven months at a time out on the road trying to hit baseballs. I feel like, eventually, his wife would be able to hit one of those baseballs. I question how well Werth would do with the bowling ball.

But we could say this about any number of things. Maybe the childbirth analogy is a bad one. Pick any other ones. I’m sure you can imagine many. Which isn’t to say that hitting is easy. Far from it. Most of us couldn’t make contact on batting practice pitches if we were given 100 chances. But it is probably the case that anyone who says that a thing they do at a hyper-elite level is the hardest thing to do in the world is worthy of your skepticism.

  1. stex52 - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    I actually don’t have too much trouble with the first half of Werth’s argument. It’s the corollary that gets me. Hitting an MLB pitch is incredibly hard. Thinking that means you can do anything else in particular (except maybe hit a golf ball) is the stretch.

  2. moogro - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Hitting is a specific hand-eye skill set that some people can adapt to better than others.

  3. avallstar - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Absurd to relate hitting to child birth. Literally 50 billion women have given birth. Any woman can give birth. It’s not a rare, special talent. It might be painful, but that’s where it ends. You’re just a beaten down man who gave up a long long time ago to even think those two things compare.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      You know a lot of women die or develop serious health issues from childbirth, right? And, just because you do it, doesn’t mean it’s easy.

  4. mudhead123 - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    All we have learned is Craig and paper lions are both dumbasses. Somehow Craig gets paid to be a dumbass

  5. fjsharp - Mar 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    What Jason failed to consider that somewhere on the far spiral arm of the Milky Way is a planet that plays a sport that is exactly like baseball but the balls are the size of golf balls, they use invisible force field bats to hit with, and if you strike out you’re vaporized. This is much harder than ours.

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