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Look at that. The hips are rotated perfectly. The arms are in time with the hip motion. The weight is distributed perfectly. And the timing is right on point with where the pitch was delivered. That's the swing on his hit to lead off the inning, and the swing on his 2nd hit was just as pretty. This is the swing we see when The Horse is on his game, and the 8th inning last night was the first time I remember seeing that swing since he came back.
Maybe this means the thumb isn't as bad as I thought. Maybe it means that his other bumps and bruises are healed. Maybe it means A-Rod really did just need to shake the rust off. Whatever it means, the one thing we should all take from it is that The Horse might be starting to round back into form. And if that's the case, his timing couldn't better. A locked in Horse is a dangerous Horse, and it could spell good things for the rest of a lineup that started to stir last night. I know I would not want to be in Doug Fister's cleats tomorrow night on the mound after seeing this take place last night.