Updated Jun 20, 2013 - 11:12 am
Let there be…sight
So, when Kirk Gibson mentioned a "contact problem" after Wednesday's win against the Marlins, I figured he was talking about the latter (hit ball) and not the former (see ball).
That would be incorrect. #Buzzer. Gibby-ball wasn't talking about making contact, he was referring to wearing contact lenses.
"He had a contact problem," Gibson explained, once again, not referring to putting bat on ball. "He went to the eye doctor."
Let's get this straight -- he can't see straight?! We're talking about Cody Ross, who hits a baseball for a living. A darn good living. In the offseason, he signed a three-year deal worth $26 million.
So, when Cody Ross admits that his blurry vision has "been going on pretty much all year," here's our question -- does clear vision cost extra?!
Look, Paulie Pencilneck never wore a baseball jersey beyond high school, but I feel real confident in stating the following: unless you're Luke Skywalker relying on The Force inside the batter's box with a lightsaber instead of a Louisville Slugger, you can't -- everybody now -- hit the ball if you can't see the ball.
"Honestly, I was going up there with blurry vision half the time at the plate,'' Ross shared with the media. "It's hard enough to hit in this league when you've got good vision, as opposed to going up with blurry vision. But it's just one of those things where you don't want to make excuses, but it's a true story. It was tough.''
In fact, Ross attributes losing track of the count recently and being unaware he had drawn a walk to his all-consuming concern over his eyesight.
That's tough indeed. And, for once, I can relate to a professional athlete. Because, truth be told, I've been having my own "contact problem" lately.
It's not fun. After two days, I made an appointment with an eye doctor. Unlike Cody Ross, I got ‘em fixed right away.
Once again, that was after two days and I don't rely on my eyes to pick up the spin on a 98-mph heater. Now, could I see dealing with blurry vision for two weeks? I guess so. But two-and-a-half months?
"Sometimes you can tell on TV I'm up there rubbing my eyes trying to get some clarity," Ross explained.
Just curious, if this season had been a contract year instead of the first year of a multi-year deal, how long do you think Ross would've waited to correct his vision?
Because, now that he has his visual acuity back, I'm wondering if the D-backs can get their money back?
See ball, hit ball. Finally.
Paul Calvisi, Morning Sports Anchor - 92.3 KTAR/Arizona Sports 620
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