wish I were left-handed. My dad was a lefty, but I wasn't so lucky,
those genes skipped the right part of my brain, and I have been left
behind. I know left-handed people have always been at a disadvantage in
the everyday tasks of life: problems with scissors, troubles at the
dinner table, buttoning shirts, wrist watch on the wrong hand. But
being left-handed in sports seems to be a good thing. Maybe it would
have prolonged my short athletic career.
A left-handed pitcher has a career longer than most, since he can get
out left-handed hitters more effectively (Randy Johnson, 41 years old,
still dominant, Jesse Orosco and John Franco are both 76 years old, and
still pitching somewhere). Left-handed hitters have the highest
averages in baseball history and hit their fair share of home runs
(Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds). ECU's most-prominent big-leaguer, Chad Tracy,
is tearing it up from the left side of the plate in Arizona. And expect
to see former Pirate lefty Sam Narron pitching for the Brewers this
Left-handed basketball players tend to be superior shot blockers since
their dominant hand matches up with the right-handed shooter (think
Bill Russell). And left-handed coaches win lots of games (Lefty
Left-handed golfers are also en vogue. After struggling on the links
for many years, portsiders have won the last two Masters (Mike Weir,
A left-handed quarterback was just elected to the Pro Football Hall of
Fame (Steve Young, he made his name on the left side of the country),
and lefty Michael Vick has people more confused on a football field
since Buddy Ryan's old 46 defense (he is left-handed, too).
There must be something to this "wrong side" thing. Former ECU football
coach Steve Logan used to talk about winning football games
"left-handed", which meant to do things unconventionally. And he has
more wins than any other coach in ECU history.
I know we right-handed folks have also done pretty well in the annals
of sports history. But left-handers, like blondes, seem to have more
fun. And if you want to see something really funny, watch a
right-handed person try to throw with his useless arm. So, left-handed
here's to you, and all that you bring to the world of sports.
Then there are those athletes that are "ambidextrous". But we will save
that discussion for another week.