The internet and its many outlets for, and forms of, discussion and the exchange of information are wonderful opportunities to encounter different opinions about hitting. An ambitious reader finds enough material to keep him occupied for untold hours. This is a beautiful thing, as long as the ideas are beneficial, applicable and acted upon.
Too many times, however, a practical and worthwhile exchange of ideas disintegrates into a worthless and meaningless back-and-forth of name-calling and insults more worthy of a 6th-grade playground. The sacred ground of baseball skills and drills is sullied and besmirched by selfish personal agendas and pointless oneupmanship. Gossip, criticism, and arguments take over and the ideas, knowledge, and helpful advice fall by the wayside.
At that point, the process of surfing the net for information about hitting becomes counterproductive and worthless. “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people,” said First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Keep your focus on ideas. Avoid discussion of events or people. Keep foremost in mind that a great hitter cares only about those ideas which can be implemented and put into practice. Anything else is not worthy of his time or consideration. Save time and save your soul – focus on implementation of ideas and forget the foibles and faults of any messenger. Stay great!