I love Norman Rockwell paintings. I think most people do. Every time I walk into a thrift store I immediately go to the picture section and if there is a Norman Rockwell painting there I buy it. My room used to full of them. Now they are stacked up somewhere in my parents basement. This is the first time I have seen a moving Rockwell painting though. It's got everything. Rural America. Open field with forrest in the distance. A young boy and his best friend. Combining each of their favorite sports. The dog wants to play catch. The boy wants to play baseball. The ultimate compromise.
We'll break down his mechanics.
At the very beginning you can tell this kid knows what he's doing. He sets that ball on tee perfectly. A lot of people have trouble with that.
Next he plants his feet at the perfect distance with no hesitation. Some players use their bat to measure the distance they need their feet at. Some people spend a couple seconds digging in, kicking dirt around to make sure they are standing comfortably. This kid doesn't even look down to check his feet. Very impressive.
The leg kick is a bit high and it's got a little pause/hitch in it like a Japanese pitcher. This will lead to trouble with curveballs in his future.
His hands are "wrong", he's got his left front hand, on bottom and his back hand on top, which means his baseball swing is basically a backhand in tennis. Hank Aaron used this grip all the way through the minors until he finally bumped into a coach who wasn't racist.
The swing and follow through are good. Not great. That back foot needs to stay planted. Squish them bugs kid.
The dog has great form throughout. Outstanding patience. Eye on the ball the entire time. Quick twitch muscles. Nice speed. Seems to pick the ball up in one shot. I'd like to see if he makes his friend tug it out of his mouth or if he gladly gives it back to him to go for round two.
My top three Rockwell Paintings...
I like the Yankees, watching TV shows and talking about stuff.
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