Pujols, Bonds take different tacks

Albert Pujols and Barry Bonds make hitting look easy, but their approaches are completely different.

Originally Published: September 15, 2005
By Joe Morgan | ESPN Insider

Ted Williams often said that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports. I agree.

The ball is coming at 90-plus mph, it's moving and there is always the fear factor. In a sport like golf, there is no fear factor. In football, obviously, there is a fear factor, but the skill involved in catching or throwing a football isn't as difficult. It's the same with shooting a basketball. If an amateur athlete played in an NBA game, he could score a basket -- but I don't think an NBA player could step into a batter's box against a major-league pitcher and hit the ball.

Yes, hitting a baseball is the toughest thing in sports, but some hitters make it look easier than it really is. Hall of Famers like Williams, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays were among them.

Today, Albert Pujols and Barry Bonds make it look easy. And this week, these two superstars were playing at the same time for the first time in 2005.

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