The horrors of getting hit by a pitch

Players describe what it feels like to be on wrong end of a 90-plus mph fastball

Originally Published: August 3, 2012
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

A baseball is a wondrous little thing. It weighs 6 ounces -- the same as an apple -- and is the perfect size and shape for the hand. It is the ideal home for the proudest autographs, so white and pristine, resting on the mantel or in the trophy case. A shiny new baseball is known as a "pearl"; pearls are so elegant and romantic. It is what brings fathers and sons together in the backyard for a joyful, peaceful game of catch. It appears in springtime, like flowers and warm sunshine.

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