If the Houston Astros want to do the right thing, they should just tell opposing batters what pitch is coming. For every at-bat during the season. If they can win the World Series that way, more power to them.
“To be perfectly honest with you, I really feel that I have average physical ability, but when I get my psych and my self-hypnosis going, I can compete with anybody in anything.”
~ Al Hrabosky
Back in the day it was fun to watch “Mad” Al Hrabosky pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals. He would psyche himself up behind the mound and appear to get very angry, and indeed, he ended up in at least one brawl. Here’s a TWIB Note video of him pitching and talking, and here’s him talking years later about what he was doing behind the mound.
Back on November 12, 2019, a Twitter user named Jomboy demonstrates how the Houston Astros were stealing signs against the lowly Chicago White Sox in a 2017 game. The interesting part here is that nobody was on second base, this video seems to show that they were stealing the signs from the catcher to the pitcher using the center field video feed.
This is a nice photo of Zach Greinke’s changeup grip when he pitched for the Dodgers. I never did master the changeup before I hurt my arm, but in retrospect I wish I had learned how to throw it when I learned how to throw a curve. My ERA my junior season (before the injuries started) was 1.00, and I have no doubt it would have been 1/2 of that if I had known how to throw one. (I don’t remember where I got this image, but it was probably espn.com.)
There’s an important lesson here about (a) role models and (b) expanding your horizons that I need to write up at some point, but the short story is that Cubs pitchers at the time threw fastballs, curves, and splitters, so as a teenager that’s what I threw.
“The Chicago Cubs reached the postseason for the third straight year for the first time since 1908.”
In other news, the Great Chicago Fire was in 1871. :)
espn has a nice story on how teammates of Jose Fernandez dealt with his death.
Chicago Cubs’ star Kris Bryant gets pranked by Hall of Famer Greg Maddux:
This is a fake oil painting of Aroldis Chapman taking the ball in the 7th inning of Game 5 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians.
The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 National League Pennant on October 22, 2016, and are headed to the World Series, where they’ll play the Cleveland Indians.
In Game 1 of the NLCS, Javier Baez “steals” home against the Dodgers (after being caught too far off of third base). Jon Lester and the home plate umpire both call him safe.