By Glenn Stout
Capable of Play stocks the inspiring tales of 4 baseball gamers. Mordecai “Three Finger”
Brown, Ron Santo, Jim Abbott, and Curtis satisfaction confronted actual demanding situations other
players didn’t have. With decision and guts, they didn’t simply conquer; they
excelled. This booklet is a game-changing party of overcoming odds.
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Once again Ron warned his pitcher about the bunt. On the next pitch the batter bunted again, and again Stoneman was slow to react. This time however, the ball stayed fair and the runner made third base. One of the effects of low blood sugar is that it can affect you emotionally, making a person short-tempered. After the play Ron ran over to his pitcher and started yelling at him for not covering the bunt. "Then suddenly it happened," Ron later recalled. "I screamed so loud everything went to my head.
Jim was discovering that he could do just about anything he wanted, if he practiced enough. Coach Holec encouraged Jim, with his strong arm, to try out for the football team as a quarterback. Although it took Jim a while to figure out how to take the snap from center without dropping it, Jim soon adapted and led his team to the state semifinals. Still, however, baseball remained his best sport. When Jim wasn't pitching, he played outfield, and he even became a good hitter, once cracking a game-winning home run over the center field fence three hundred thirty feet away.
He had to figure out how to catch the ball with the glove on his left hand and then throw it. Over time, Jim figured out that he could balance the glove on the end of his right arm as he wound up and threw the ball. Then, as soon as he let go of the ball, he slipped his left hand into the glove so he could catch the return throw. After catching the ball, he would slide the glove under the crook of his right arm, pull his hand out, grab the ball, and balance the glove on the end of his right arm again.