Distance Makes the Arm Grow Fonder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Monday, 28 July 2014 12:25

There is a well-known old adage that says “absence makes the heart grow fonder”.  The exact origin of this phrase is lost to the mysteries of time.  Even the all mighty Google could only provide the following: 

The Roman poet Sextus Propertius may have given us the earliest form of this saying in Elegies:

"Always toward absent lovers love's tide stronger flows."

The contemporary version appears in The Pocket Magazine of Classic and Polite Literature, 1832, in a piece by a Miss Stickland:

'Tis absense, however, that makes the heart grow fonder.

The phrase was also source material for the lewd wordplay:

"Absinthe makes the fart grow stronger".

As I was planning the articles for NWLA tournament I decided that I would adjust this slightly to read “distance makes the arm grow fonder”.  This is due to the fact that the pitchers are required to throw from 3 feet further back than is standard in KWL games.  When I was drumming up this article in my head the extra yard was meant to be a positive factor for our pitchers however when pool play started we quickly found that several top end pitchers were not adjusting well.  As you can see from the stats below our team ERA was two to three times higher than we anticipated and our team walks were at a painful level.

Even though we struggled severely with our control the KWL pitchers ended up with some impressive stats; both fewest hits and homeruns allowed, second best opponent batting average at .184, and 12 Ks per 6 innings.   

Lesson learned, several weeks of pitching practice at tournament distance for 2015.




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