Born to swing
June 12, 2008 · Updated 2:45 PM
Most baseball players chew bubble gum, sunflower seeds, or tobacco when they play baseball.
Noah Spencer chooses to suck on his pacifier as he awaits a pitch from his dad.
Spencer is one Port Orchard two-year-old who doesnt waste his time with with such things as speaking. He lets the bat do the talking for him.
When Noah was asked to comment about his super stardom at such an early age, he merely stared at this reporter and went back to what he knows, swinging a bat from both sides of the plate.
He holds the bat with authority and confidence, standing patiently as his dad tosses the ball from between 10 to 15 feet. If there is one flaw in his swing, its his inability to lay off his dads high cheese.
But when he connects, the swing is poetry in motion.
Because of the improbability of a 2-year-old playing baseball with skill, this is a fable that deserves a backstory.
Noahs father, James Spencer, said Noah first started hitting balls at six months of age.
The consistency came when James bought a tee.
He started by hitting the ball from a tee then when he was able to walk at one year old, James said. He would also walk around the house hitting the ball on the ground.
Noah may be just as good a golfer as a baseball player. When Noah would swing and miss, he chose to hit the ball back to his dad by turning his bat into a a golf club and giving his best Tiger Woods impersonation.
Noah can also throw a football for a spiral.
Despite Noahs athletic prowess at his age, James insists none of it is because he pushed baseball, or any other sport, on his son.
He and his wife, Lori, are Seattle Mariners fans, and Noah was a regular on James lap during baseball games on television.
His first word was home run, James said. You have to play baseball with him or else hell go play it by himself.
James said doctors are baffled at Noahs advancement in coordination.
I tell the doctors what he does and they are amazed at the coordination at his age, James said. The doctors said its his hand/eye coordination that is so good.
Whats interesting is that Noah doesnt just throw a ball and swing a bat.
He will step aside and stretch when batting and he will do a wind-up when pitching, James said.
Everything is thrown overhand. Underhand throws do not exist in Noahs world of baseball.
And Noahs hitting accuracy varies, James said.
Sometimes he hits two out of three pitches. Sometimes hell miss a few in a row and sometimes hell hit five in a row.
To show that his sons talents arent hokey, James has videotaped his son and attempted to contact Seattle television stations.
Its not so much he wants fame for his son. Its because he wants to share with other people this extraordinary gift that isnt supposed to exist in 2-year-olds.
Children arent supposed to be able to play baseball before they are potty trained. James said hes not going to exploit his son. But he wont repress his talents, either.
James said hes enjoying his time with Noah and refuses to look into the future...except for one thing.
I think its safe to say hell skip T-ball, James said.