Does anyone else see a problem with Lisa Fernandez pitching 5 straight
perfect games leading up to the Olympics, then having our pitchers do battle
for 7, 11, 14, and 13 innings of no-hit, one-hit, two-hit, shutout ball
while waiting to see which team blinks first? A "perfect game" should be
rare don't you think? A one-hitter should be enough to win and also rare.
The bottom line is, and I think these Olympics make it clear, 40 feet is
just too close unless the pitcher is unlucky enough to hit your bat (which
usually seems to happen somewhere around the 12th inning from what I can
tell). The college game at 43 feet is a much more interesting game and if
they continue with this 40 foot madness at the international level no-one is
going to watch anymore. This talk that if you can hit at 43 against the best
pitching in the world then you should also be able to hit at 40 is
ridiculous. Of course you can't. I want softball to prosper and although 9
hours of 0-0 softball is exciting for some of us who are just happy to see
our sport on TV, we aren't going to gain too many converts at this rate.
Change the distance and let's make a real game of it. I want to watch a
hard-hitting battle of power and strategy, on an even playing field, not a
battle of eternal endurance. This is some of the best softball exposure EVER
and the "rules" are killing a great opportunity to promote the game. NO-ONE
IS HITTING THE SOFTBALL! Someone needs to wake-up and smell the ratings.