In a Pinch, Hard to Find Reliable Hitter

In a Pinch, Hard to Find Reliable Hitter

Two of the finest hitters I ever saw, Tommy Davis and Bob Watson, graced the grounds of Scottsdale Stadium on Thursday. Spring training is all about the rekindling of a sporting romance, and in such close quarters, fans have a pretty fair chance to connect with a vision of their past.

This was a particularly fine day for nostalgia, with Willie Mays, Vida Blue and Gaylord Perry also roaming about. But I was particularly struck by Davis, the Dodgers' supremely clutch hitter of the 1960s, and Watson, five times a .300-plus hitter in his prime with the Houston Astros, for what they once represented - and what has become a vanishing breed in the Giants' dugout.

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