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SB Nation's Diamondbacks Blogger Takes Batting Instruction With Cal Ripken Jr.

SB Nation's fantastic Diamondbacks blogger, Jim McLennan from AZ Snake Pit had a chance to get some individual instruction from one of the greatest ever all in the name of helping the Boys and Girls Club of Arizona.

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Sure, I still missed a few. Ok: quite a few. But at the risk of stating the bleedin' obvious, Cal Ripken knows what he's talking about with regard to hitting a baseball, and it's amazing what a few simple tweaks can do. When it comes together, and the ball pings off your bat... Man, that's a sweet feeling.

Though I have to say, I can still feel it in my arms and wrist, more than 24 hours later. I see why baseball players tend to have forearms the size of small oak-trees. Additionally, I have a new, deep respect for what is involved in trying to hit the ball when someone is actively trying to stop you doing so. It's hard enough when someone is helping...

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