Bonds, Ichiro show no fear

When faced with two strikes, Ichiro and Barry Bonds show the utmost of confidence at the plate.

Originally Published: January 18, 2005
By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com

Ask a pitcher to name a heaven-on-earth experience, and most will tell you it's having a two-strike advantage on a hitter. Curt Schilling says, "it's like being able to hold a guy under water." There are unlimited ways to finish off the at-bat -- teasing a hitter with a pitch just off the plate, or going right after him for the in-your-face, three-pitch strikeout.

Regardless of the strategy, the underlying philosophy is the same: the closer a hitter gets to Strike Three, the greater his ...

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