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Throws from the outfield
Watch this throw by Vladimir Guerrero.
I come from a baseball family. I loved throws like this and always wanted to make them myself when I played as a teenager.
But my dad insisted I hit the cutoff man instead (that’s the infielder who ‘cuts off’ a long throw and relays it to the right place — sucks all the fun out of a long throw, but it’s strategically superior most of the time).
The reason he gave was profound, and I think about it often: “When you throw a baseball from deep in the outfield all the way to home, being off by only a few degrees means missing by 25 feet."
The longer the throw, the greater the likelihood and the consequences of error.
I think about this often in building web3: When new infrastructure becomes widely adopted, its microscopic oversights become gaping crevasses, and entire civilizations can fall into them.