The Instigator
dan1
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The Contender
JustCallMeTarzan
Con (against)
Winning
28 Points

The hardest thing to do in sports is to hit a baseball

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JustCallMeTarzan
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/22/2009 Category: Sports
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 5,834 times Debate No: 7519
Debate Rounds (4)
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Votes (5)

 

dan1

Pro

I will let con go first
JustCallMeTarzan

Con

Hardest thing to do in sports is NOT to hit a baseball.

Just some facts:

Fastest:

fastball - 101/103 mph

Jai-alai ball - 188 mph
slapshot - 105.4
open-wheel racecar - 256.948 mph
speed-skier - 160 mph

Supposing the reaction time of an individual in baseball to be based on a 103 mpg fastball (instead of the more normal 90...) - here are the distances at which one has the same time to react:

Jai-Alai: 109.5 feet
Hockey: 61.4 feet
Racing: 149.7 feet
Skiing: 93.2 feet

Any event happening closer than those thresholds gives an actor LESS time to react than a batter in baseball. Oh, and the batter knows the ball is coming. If any of these events are SURPRISES...

Here are a list of many things in sports that are much harder to do:

- pitch a perfect game
- pitch a perfect season
- pitch a perfect career
- sink a hole-in-one in golf
- sink a hole-in-one in disc golf
- catch a jai alai ball from under 100 feet away
- avoid a sudden collision at 225 mph
- recover from a mistake in speed-skiing
- in an ancient Mayan sport, the losing captain was killed - remaining alive was VERY hard

Furthermore, several sports beside baseball require the athlete to perform some feat or risk death. The combination of these feats and the penalty involved renders them far more difficult to properly perform than to hit a fastball. These sports include:

Jai Alai
Speed Skiing
BASE Jumping
Free Diving
Rock Fishing
Bull Riding
Supercross
Solo Yacht Racing
Street Luging

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I have shown a list of not only more difficult sports than baseball (wherein the acts must be harder than the acts in baseball if the sport is harder), and a list of many specific activities in sports that are all harder than hitting a baseball.

NEGATED.
Debate Round No. 1
dan1

Pro

dan1 forfeited this round.
JustCallMeTarzan

Con

Pro has yet to put forth an argument... sad day.

Oh and - "uh I dont foreit, just to let you know" - dan1 in the comments field.

Meh. Vote Con.
Debate Round No. 2
dan1

Pro

dan1 forfeited this round.
JustCallMeTarzan

Con

And again... disappointing.
Debate Round No. 3
dan1

Pro

dan1 forfeited this round.
JustCallMeTarzan

Con

Really?

He has posted no argument at all - I win by default.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Mookie 7 years ago
Mookie
Con: Sir, you are ridiculous; While there are MANY things that are more difficult to perform in the sporting world (as you so satirically listed) hitting a 90 mph baseball is by far the most difficult BASIC action. In fact in it's necessity for the game to even be played, it is second only to throwing the pitch itself. I would love for you to find another fundamental action in any sport in which succeeding 3 out of 10 times makes you millions a year.
Posted by kevsext 8 years ago
kevsext
"Supposing the reaction time of an individual in baseball to be based on a 103 mpg fastball"
are you telling me this baseball gets 103 miles to the gallon???
Posted by JP 8 years ago
JP
well I agree with skeptic here, thats a good point.
Posted by JustCallMeTarzan 8 years ago
JustCallMeTarzan
What sort of dishonest idiot voted pro?
Posted by xPaRaDox 8 years ago
xPaRaDox
All points to con...even grammar.
(Pro forgot the period in his only sentence.)
Posted by 1337Hal 8 years ago
1337Hal
"Do any of you knw how to confirm you identity when you do not have a cell phone"

Can't be done, my man. I'm in the same boat but it's not gonna make me go buy a cell.
Posted by TheSkeptic 8 years ago
TheSkeptic
CON: The hardest thing to do in sports is to play linebacker with both your hands tied behind your back, and your shoelaces tied together. NEGATED.

CON: The hardest thing to do in sports is to knock out your boxing opponent by swishing your hair onto his face. NEGATED.

See the pattern here?
Posted by dan1 8 years ago
dan1
Do any of you knw how to confirm you identity when you do not have a cell phone
Posted by dan1 8 years ago
dan1
uh I dont foreit, just to let you know
Posted by zach12 8 years ago
zach12
i think coming to terms with a tough loss is harder
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