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Postby metsfan1969 » Mon Mar 03, 2003 12:32 pm

A ball thats rubbed up?
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Mon Mar 03, 2003 6:13 pm

A ball left with the impression of the bat on it?

And are you sure you're not making this up?
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Postby Arlo » Mon Mar 03, 2003 6:53 pm

Hmm... I hadn't intended to make this one so tough... :-o (Nah, I'm not making this up. :-D )

It's not the bat that changes the ball, either... nor any of the fielders. Also, one of these balls won't behave differently than a normal ball.

metsfan1969, by the way, has been closest to the truth with one of his answers...
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Postby menyak » Mon Mar 03, 2003 7:04 pm

Arlo wrote:You can hit a Hank Aaron ball on the ground, and you can hit it in the air. Hitting it on the ground defeats the purpose, though.

That's what's confusing me. What kind of purpose can be defeated by hitting the ball on the ground? It's definitely not because it's a signed ball (although that would have been my first guess as well). Ok so the purpose of a Hank Aaron ball is to hit it in the air. Why? Is it a ball hit high into the stadium so the visitors can catch it and keep it as a souvenir?
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Postby Arlo » Mon Mar 03, 2003 7:06 pm

menyak, thinking logically as ever, is on the right track... :-)
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Postby menyak » Mon Mar 03, 2003 7:24 pm

Menyak thinking logically? Ok, I give up! :-D
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Postby metsfan1969 » Mon Mar 03, 2003 7:28 pm

Oh, darn, why didn't I think of this before. This is even more crazy but...is a Hank Aaron ball a walk off home run ball where the runner isn't able to finish his tour of the bases because fans run onto the field or because the winning run scores and he doesn't need to finish running around the bases? This has happened more than once that I can remember.
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Mon Mar 03, 2003 7:40 pm

Ok this is somewhat of a illogical guess...how about a batting practice fastball?
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Postby metsfan1969 » Mon Mar 03, 2003 7:44 pm

Maybe a home run hit in a home run derby? A ground ball does defeat the purpose of this.... (insert smily clutching at straws here)
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Postby Arlo » Mon Mar 03, 2003 8:11 pm

Let's see... The spectators do have something to do with this... Batting practice isn't the right time to use a Hank Aaron ball... I suppose you might use them in home run derbies - I'm afraid I don't know whether that's ever been down - but it's not the purpose they were originally conceived for...
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