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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Strike One

If you know anything about baseball, you know the first strike doesn't really mean anything. It doesn't tell you that the player at bat will strike out. For those of you who aren't familiar with American baseball, there are several things that could happen after a first strike.

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Just for your information:

  1. The player could get on base with a walk, which is where the pitcher throws four poor pitches and the player goes to first base for free.
  2. The player could get three strikes and be out, without a chance to get on base during that 'at bat.'
  3. The player could hit a ball that gets caught by someone on the other team and they are declared 'out.'
  4. The player could hit a ball that lands in some unoccupied spot on the field and nobody on the other team catches it before the batter can run to first base.
  5. The player could hit the ball completely out of the ballpark and make a home run.
  6. Or the player could hit foul balls indefinitely, in which case the player just keeps trying to hit the ball until one of the above happens.

Today the LIV Golf team got a strike. That's all.

But that strike is important, simply because it did eliminate some potential outcomes later on in the process. Plus it gave the PGA Tour -- and the other tours -- some direction on what they should do going forward.

Perhaps most importantly, the FedEx Playoffs will go on without the constant distraction of legal challenges.

Make no mistake, the whole process will go on. But at least for the next three weeks, we can concentrate on the Playoffs.

And I don't know about you, but I'm satisfied with that for now.

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