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Batter up! Geoff Kirbyson tries out for the Goldeyes

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Baseball is hard.

Not only that, it's the hardest sport around to actually play. If you think about it, the physics of hitting a round ball with a round bat give you a minuscule sweet spot to put the ball in play. Oh yeah, and the ball is whipping at you at 90 miles per hour. And curving. Or coming at your head.

This isn't to say hockey and football aren't difficult but sometimes you can tee the puck up before you shoot it or the quarterback will place the ball in your hands before you run with it. Nobody will dispute that winning the Stanley Cup is the hardest thing to win in sports or that dominating the line of scrimmage on a football field can be utterly exhausting.

Sure, there's no clock in baseball so there's a fair amount of standing around but that doesn't change the physics of the game.

With that in mind, the Free Press asked the Goldeyes if they could demonstrate what makes baseball so difficult. Pitcher Ace Walker, shortstop Price Kendall and catcher Luis Alen volunteered to give reporter Geoff Kirbyson his own spring training.

Apparently, coaching his son's peewee team did nothing to prepare him for Walker's stuff. From this vantage point, he can understand why the best players in the world fail seven out of 10 times. But on the extremely rare occasion that he connected and heard the crack of the bat on the ball, it was glorious.

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