here's the 9th installment in the countdown to spring training. i'm using the 1979 post raisin bran steve garvey's baseball tips cards as a weekly windown to baseball. this week, the garv waxes poetic about one of his favorite pastimes - hitting to the opposite field.
the cartoon sketch doesn't seem to match the text - that front foot looks like it is pointed directly up the middle. anyway, i took a look through some of my collection to see if i could find examples of guys hitting to the opposite field. i found tom candiotti possibly doing it on his 1995 ud collector's choice card
although he might have just swung late. todd benzinger looks to be flailing at the outside pitch on his 1992 topps traded card
here's a nice example of moving the runner over by going the opposite way, assuming the batter was right-handed. it's bobby higginson's 2003 topps card
speaking of mondesi, the back of his 1996 pinnacle zenith card gives us a lesson in the opposite of going the opposite way
who hit about one-third of his base hits to right, including the same number of home runs that he pulled to left. that's some opposite field prowess right there.
i'll finish up with a 2012 topps gypsy queen matt kemp mini, upon which the bison is tracking a ball that he has just sent to the opposite field