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No baseball pitcher would be worth a darn without a catcher who could handle the hot fastball.
Trying to sneak a fastball past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster.
I looked for the same pitch my whole career, a breaking ball. All of the time. I never worried about the fastball. They couldn't throw it past me, none of them.
When Bryan Price taught me how to throw a changeup, he made me see myself. All my life, I've been the equivalent of a fastball pitcher - trying to use blazing speed and brute force to wow the people around me.
You have to hit the fastball to play in the big leagues.
I've got a fastball, change-up, forkball, curve, slider, knuckle-slider, knuckle-curve, I had about seven pitches I could have used at any time.
Later, I could take something off my slider and I could make my fastball sink, so I really had four pitches.
The reason I think I'm a good pitcher is I locate my fastball and I change speeds. Period. That's what you do to pitch. That's what pitchers have to do to win games.
I'm not like a 90-mph fastball kind of guy, but I can hit 70 on radar gun. I hit 70 one time on a radar guy at one of those pitch-and-throw kind of things. I have a pretty good arm for somebody who's not a baseball player.
The final release point for the fastball is the tips of your fingers.
I thought I had to show all my stuff and I almost tore the boards of the grandstand with my fastball.
At 19, I was still figuring out how to throw a fastball.
I'm not executing my pitches. I'm not commanding my fastball, and I get behind in the count. When I try to throw strikes, I'm getting hurt. That's not the way I pitch.
The good rising fastball is the best pitch in baseball.
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