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54 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I MAY 2023 It is officially spring, which is typically cel- ebrated with flowers, Easter baskets, and warmer and sunnier weather (except some quite chilly spring days here in Oregon). How- ever, there is one thing that signals spring in my house more than anything else—baseball sea- son. Regular readers of my column know that major league baseball is extremely important around my house. My wife certainly knows it. (Even now, she is in the other room rooting for her Seattle Mariners.) From the perspective of TV viewers, watching baseball is pretty much the same from game to game: Cheer for the good, and boo at the bad. Batter Up: Stepping Up to the Substrate But especially for those who are new to the game, have you ever considered what it is like from the players' perspective? In a video I watched recently of Adley Rutschman 1 walk- ing onto the field for the first time as a major league catcher in May 2022, he slowly turns around toward home plate, soaking in what must have been an amazing moment for him. What about a rookie stepping up to the plate for the first time? Consider the incredible focus it takes to evaluate the situation and correctly anticipate the trajectory of a ball traveling toward you at 90 mph. It takes an even greater depth of focus to block out the thousands of Tim's Takeaways Feature Column by Tim Haag, FIRST PAGE SAGE

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