Jump directly to the Content

Corked Bats, Corked Souls

What's inside determines both the heavy-hitter and the lightweight.

From my journal this last month: Sammy Sosa was kicked out of a baseball game the other night because it was discovered that he had used a corked bat. He'd hit a ball; the bat broke; and there was the embarrassing evidence that the bat he was using was illegal. Sosa apologized to the fans after the game and said that he simply picked up the wrong bat. The league announced today that it had examined all 70 of his other bats (He's got 70 bats?) and that all of them were "legit." Unfortunately, not everyone believes Sosa's explanation—unless they live in Chicago.

I'd never heard of a corked bat before and wasn't sure I understood what this was about until this morning's newspaper explained that some hitters drill out the core of a "hardwooded" bat and fill it with cork. Result: the bat retains its hitting power, but it becomes lighter, easier to swing. Sosa says he only uses a corked bat in homerun contests and in batting practice. The fans love to see him hit the long ball, he said. ...

Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Our Presumptuous Calling
Our Presumptuous Calling
Who am I to teach all nations and feed Jesus' sheep?
From the Magazine
Fractured Are the Peacemakers
Fractured Are the Peacemakers
A Christian reconciliation group in Israel and Palestine warned that war would come. Now the war threatens their relevance.
Editor's Pick
What Christians Miss When They Dismiss Imagination
What Christians Miss When They Dismiss Imagination
Understanding God and our world needs more than bare reason and experience.