The homerun is a splendid spectacle for fans. I love watching a long drive over the center field fence, a blast into the upperdeck, a round-tripper dumped in the stands, a rocket sent into orbit, or a laser boring a hole through some poor fan. How each individual player accomplishes this act is as diverse as a New York City high school. Different strokes equal different pokes. Just ask Corey, his is short and quick with little power.
Ryan Howard's stroke is one of prodigious power, as evident by his 58 homers last season. Watching the Blaster Master bat gives the viewer a feeling of exciting anticipation and thrill. The ball explodes from his bat when he hits it and his ability to knock it out to all fields is simply awesome. I am very content to have him playing for the Phillies for the foreseeable future. He is a centerpiece for this organization, and will play a significant role in making the Phils a perennial playoff caliber team. He has the capacity to alter games in Bonds-esque proportions.
Chase Utley's stroke is quick and mighty. Utley has swiftly become the best 2nd baseman in baseball. Last season Utley chased 32 balls over the fence. Utley plays the game with a passion that fans love and he wears his heart on his sleeve. When Utley comes into the batters' box you are about to observe something of high intensity. I would love for Howard and Utley (aka Legion of Doom) to collectively smack 100+ homeruns next season, and believe it or not with these two it's possible.
Pat Burrell's stroke is long, unbalanced, but strong. His swing may look ugly on low and away sliders or even on fastballs right down the middle, but he still has the knack to hit the ball with authority. Burrell hit 29 bombs last season. Predicting when Pat will hit one out is like betting on who the next rapper to be shot is, you know it will happen just not when. I still like Burrell and think if healthy can return to 30+ homerun seasons with a better batting average, but that stroke will always remain an uneven lunge.
Jimmy Rollins' stroke is an oxymoron because of it's aptitude to be both upsetting and pleasurable at the same time. J-Roll has little-man syndrome, where as he is small but tries to play big. We have all suffered through the Jimmy pop-up circus where he can't seem to hit anything that isn't a lazy fly ball. This past season, he managed to start to make those lazy fly balls carry a bit further...over the fence that is. Jimmy jacked 25 from the leadoff spot in the order, which leads to me to think he shouldn't be batting leadoff, but that's an entirely different debate. Bottom line Jimmy is a solid all-around athlete that discovered his power stroke and will probably continue to hit somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 for the next few seasons...good stuff from a shortstop.
All together this fearsome foursome thumped 144 homeruns last season. They all have a unique style of their own and will continue to delight fans with their slugging strokes. Jenna Jameson's stroke on the other hand is an unequivocally different distinctive thing of exquisiteness altogether.