As most of you know, I play a lot of softball. I’m an infielder, fielding balls hit on the ground. One of the things we infielders hate is the “bad hop.” That when the ball hits a pebble or bump and jumps up at an unexpected angle. It’s a good way to get bruised, a black eye, or even lose some teeth.
So when it happens, teammates will often console you after the ball gets past you. “A bad hop, nothing you can do.” Which is true. But I got to wondering…
When you chase down a ball and it pops perfectly into your glove, how come nobody talks about a good hop? It’s worth some thought, isn’t it?