Good game…slow game…good to be there. AND Friday night fireworks. Real ones, not describing TMI of my recent dating life.
I think it was Steve who mentioned last podcast that DLowe is the luckiest pitcher in the major leagues. Agreed.
Can’t wait for game two!
Bub – Smoltz is a type-A competitive person and it comes across as self centered. It has been tough for him to fade into retirement after being such a primma donna/dominant player. It was tough to watch as a fan. But he seems to be moving on. He’s trying hard to fit in as an announcer and he knows so much and is a smart guy…is much better than any alternative that I can think of. Hope he stays…good for the organization. My 1.8 yen.
Will, I seriously doubt I’ll ever think much of John Smoltz. A complete egotist in my view. I browsed through articles & interviews one day – from before and after the fallout – and counted the times he said the equivilant of “I’m the type of guy who…” and it was unreal. Hardly a paragraph goes by without John Smoltz declaring his character to the world. The sort of clueless self-chatter that only goes unchecked when you are surrounded by yes-men (& yes-women). The kind of guy who never sees the eyes rolling behind him in the room.
His case against the Braves, too, was utterly ridiculous. He was hurt, and left for a rich team that took a foolish gamble and then regretted it – and he blew a fuse because the Braves wanted to see him heal up before making a big offer. There’s no way around this. Smoltz’s case was lame, lame, lame. And then he drug it out to the bitter end, yap yap yap, far past Glavine, who actually DID have a case against Wren. To me, he’s a pouty creep.
But that’s the last I’ll say about it on this blog. I know it isn’t pleasant conversation, and it’s not about to add anything new to a dead-horse topic. Just couldn’t help myself this once, and now I feel a bit obligated to defend my snarky remark. But that’s it, I’m done. Sorry to drag it up again.
Yep, you warned me. I watched it by myself which made it worse. No other human in the room = ugly cry and I literally slammed the computer shut at one moment (right after Precious brought her son home from the hospital to meet grandma). Yikes!
Yeah. To be honest, I saw that coming. I was moved by the movie, but it was relentlessly punishing and deterministic. I saw a reviewer call it voyeuristic and I’m not sure he wasn’t spot on. And the fantasy/escape scenes were about twice too long to be effective, to me.
But that’s all stuff that I’ve thought after the emotional sledgehammer wore off. I was more effected by it, while I was watching it, than by any film in a long time.
The best I understand it, “offspeed” is generic for any non-fastball, when the announcer can’t pick out the exact pitch. But don’t swear by that.
One thing to know: a fastball without movement is susceptible to exactly what you’re talking about. But squaring up a fastball with movement is what’s so hard. It’s no good thinking of it as an advantage because all you have to do is square it up, as squaring it up is what’s so hard. Not just because you have to catch up to it, speedwise, but because hitting it on the screws when it’s got movement is also superhard.
Pitchers whose FB don’t have any movement don’t make it in the majors very often. So you can usually assume both speed and movement.