Babe Ruth

…so I’m shooting a Pepsi Max spot with an amazing bunch of present-day baseball players and great all-timers.  I’m waiting for a setup and am hanging with Jim Thome, Carlton Fisk, and Rickey Henderson.  Thome is talking about Babe Ruth and hitting, explaining Ruth’s ‘rotational’ hitting as the reason for his being such a great hitter.  Before Ruth, hitters were linear hitters using their upper bodies alone to hit (singles hitters).  Ruth had studied the notorious Shoeless Joe Jackson when Ruth was a rookie and begun to adapt Jackson’s style to his own.  Early in his career, the 1921 season, Ruth hit 59 home runs, more than the rest of the clubs in the American League combined.