Odd Pitching Behaviors: Your favorites

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Some sprinted from the dugout to the mound. Most never step on the foul lines. Others huff and glare at the opposing batter sporting ridiculous facial hair. Some took LSD and pitched no-hitters.

Tell us some of your favorite odd pitching stories.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 15 April 2004 16:10 (fifteen years ago) link

Darren Baker and his fellow batboys imitating Ben Weber was the highlight of the 2002 WS.

Leee O'Gaddy (Leee), Thursday, 15 April 2004 17:14 (fifteen years ago) link

I think that Fetters is heavily influenced by Hrabosky.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 15 April 2004 17:17 (fifteen years ago) link

Luis Tiant's incredible rocking delivery, seeming to freeze as he faced the centerfielder...

Best dashes off the mound are still Tug McGraw (pounding thigh with glove) and Turk Wendell (well, you know).

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 April 2004 18:35 (fifteen years ago) link

Fernando Valenzuela closing his eyes for a split second during his windup was always a trip.

Kent Tekulve would have looked strange pitching anyway being 6'7" and weighing a buck o' five but he compounded it by being a submarine pitcher.

Scott Erickson with the whole 'dr. death' thing of no white shall show on my uniform or glove was pretty cool, even though he wasn't exactly mr. intimidation on the mound.

Dave Stewart's death ray stare over the glove, even though nicked from Bob Gibson, was pretty cool.

earlnash, Thursday, 15 April 2004 18:50 (fifteen years ago) link

i can't recall his name, but there was some reliever dude whp itched for the mets in the 80's who, through a combo of motion and tilt of his cap, more often that not dropped the cap by the end of each pitch. i can imagine how that'd get old.

and dontrelle willis, eat your heart out: what about juan marichal?

j.q. higgins, Thursday, 15 April 2004 19:14 (fifteen years ago) link

Satchel Paige's Euphus pitch would have been a fun thing to see after 3 straight 99 mph pitches.(he called one of his fast pitches the BB since thats what it looked like(or felt like) when it crossed home.

thomas de'aguirre (biteylove), Thursday, 15 April 2004 21:20 (fifteen years ago) link

Sidd Finch....

Chris 'The Velvet Bingo' V (Chris V), Friday, 16 April 2004 11:13 (fifteen years ago) link

Eric Gagne did this weird thing yesterday after missing his location with a few pitches. He was talking to himself as he went back to the rosin bag then bent down and picked at his shoe for about 20 seconds. Then he took a few steps toward first base and started hopping up and down clicking his heels together in mid-jump.

He's a really weird guy.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 19 April 2004 17:14 (fifteen years ago) link

Probably had some KY on his shoes.

Leee O'Gaddy (Leee), Monday, 19 April 2004 18:09 (fifteen years ago) link

It was mud (it rained yesterday).

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 19 April 2004 18:12 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah, i was wondering about that myself gygax, "what's with the lucky charms bit?"

my pick here is rob nen and his toe tap thing that he does.

metfigga (metfigga), Monday, 19 April 2004 22:57 (fifteen years ago) link

The Mad Hungarian was great. How about Mitch 'WIld Thing' WIlliams like throwing himself off the mound with every pitch? Doesn't put you in the greatest position for fielding... but seemed like a pretty good distraction.

bnw (bnw), Monday, 19 April 2004 23:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Ah Mark Fidrych, he's from Worcester. I see him around every once in a while. I've met a few ball players in my lifetime. Bucky Dent (unfortunately) and Ron Darling. Both clients of my fathers years ago. I went deep sea fishing with Bucky. I wanted to push him into the ocean.

Chris 'The Velvet Bingo' V (Chris V), Tuesday, 20 April 2004 11:35 (fifteen years ago) link

THREAD HIJACK:

what major leaguers have you met? the only one i remember meeting was tim naehring at a bar in quincy.

otto midnight (otto midnight), Tuesday, 20 April 2004 13:48 (fifteen years ago) link

oh shit, and i met yaz when i was like 6 or 7 or 8 years old at his (and my dad's) alma mater merrimack college watching a division II baseball game. it freaked me out that my dad was bigger than yaz.

otto midnight (otto midnight), Tuesday, 20 April 2004 13:49 (fifteen years ago) link

I met a bunch at a baseball camp in Houston the summer after my 8th grade year ('88). Glenn Davis, Bill Doran, Billy Hatcher and Kevin Bass all came out and spoke to the campers or signed autographs or both. The Reds were in town, so one of the days Jeff Treadway and Paul O'Neil showed up. O'Neil came to our field and hung out in the dugout with us for a while. Really nice guy. Also, former ML player/coach Dennis Menke ran some 3rd base drill for a group of about 4 of us.

boldbury (boldbury), Tuesday, 20 April 2004 14:28 (fifteen years ago) link

otto, don't be shy to start a new thread!

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 20 April 2004 18:01 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
thirteen years pass...

Would love to have a copy of this:

http://img.timeinc.net/time/magazine/archive/covers/1966/1101660610_400.jpg

Please send all your spares my way.

clemenza, Sunday, 8 September 2019 15:55 (one week ago) link


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