Sixty feet, six inches. For most, that figure is nothing more than an arbitrary distance. But on a baseball field, it means everything. It is the distance between the pitcher and batter, a stretch of grass and dirt all eyes focus on throughout the game waiting for it to produce the thrill of victory, or the acrimony of defeat. It is a distance that can elevate players to ephemeral legends, only to drag them in the opposite direction and debase them as the ‘goat.’ Sixty feet, six inches is more than just a distance in baseball, it’s the front line, the tip of the spear.