Originally Posted by robbie
agreed on perfect game... Don Larsen was the only guy to do it for what 60 years?
I think you meant to say his perfect game in the '56 Series was the first in 60 years -- it was actually the first in 34 years -- but that's sort of an odd thing to point out in this context, considering there have been 13 perfect games since Larsen did it.
I'm not sure I'd necessarily define a perfect game as being "difficult" to accomplish, anyway. Obviously, you need to have a certain amount of skill to get 27 consecutive outs against major league hitters, but a lot of that is hugely dependent upon luck more so than skill or a degree of difficulty. Even if a pitcher gets, say, 10 strikeouts, he needs 17 balls in play to not sneak past his defense or fall in for a bloop hit or take a bad hop and bounce off his shortstop's glove. That's something a pitcher doesn't really have control over.
Also, anyone who thinks hitting a fastball is the hardest thing to do in sports is romanticizing baseball. I mean I'm as hardcore a fan as anyone, but come on. Higher your standards, people. If you have at least some athletic ability -- if you can swing a bat without tipping over -- you can do it with practice once you get the timing down. You can argue that it's hard to do; don't argue that it's the hardest thing to do, especially when compared to things like running a sub-4-minute mile or pole-vaulting 20 feet or landing a quad in figure skating or successfully completing a 4 somersault dive. These are things that only a handful of supreme athletes in the entire world can accomplish. My mailman Hal could hit a fastball if I threw him in the cage with a bat for 20 minutes.