Batter Up!

Japanese sword master Isao Machii cuts a baseball in half as it travels toward him at 100 miles per hour. In my years of studying the sword, no one at our dojo ever thought of doing this.

So he lets two balls go by, as he judges their speed and arc of flight, and when No. 3 comes out, in one motion he draws his sword from the sheathe and cleanly cuts the ball in half.

Gee, I’d like to try that! My technique’s a little rusty, though, so maybe I’d better not.

Meanwhile, this adds a whole new dimension to the term, “a cut fastball.”

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

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