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Trying to sneak a fastball past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster.
No baseball pitcher would be worth a darn without a catcher who could handle the hot fastball.
I'm not going out and hitting a 95-mph fastball where I can't see the stitches. I'm not on a professional football team looking to tackle a fullback who is built like solid wood. I'm a thinking person, and I've been blessed with the ability to see some things and talk about them in a way that registers in a humorous and funny way.
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.
Most pitchers fear losing their fastball, but since I don't have one, I have nothing to fear but fear itself.
You have to hit the fastball to play in the big leagues.
I consciously memorized the speed at which every pitcher in the league threw his fastball, curve, and slider. Then, I'd pick up the speed of the ball in the first 30 feet of its flight and knew how it would move once it has crossed the plate.
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 thought I had to show all my stuff and I almost tore the boards of the grandstand with my fastball.
I never knew how to throw a fastball, never learned how to throw a curveball, a slider, split-finger, whatever they're throwing nowadays. I was a one-pitch pitcher.
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.
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.
Later, I could take something off my slider and I could make my fastball sink, so I really had four pitches.
The final release point for the fastball is the tips of your fingers.
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.
At 19, I was still figuring out how to throw a fastball.
The good rising fastball is the best pitch in baseball.
My dad played for a coal-mining team in eastern Ohio; he was a very good pitcher. If he hadn't hurt his arm, he probably would have got a shot somewhere. He hurt his arm one spring, didn't warm up good enough, couldn't throw a fastball anymore. Another coal miner taught him how to throw the knuckleball.
I was short with my fastball and breaking ball.
I feel like a pioneer with the split-fingered fastball. I was the first one to really throw it pretty much 100 percent of the time. It was a pitch that I had to have. If I didn't have it, I wouldn't have been in the big leagues.
I lost the good stuff on my fastball. I had to come up with something to keep me in the league. The knuckler rescued me then.
I studied one term of law and then came to realize I had a little better fastball and curve than I did a vocabulary.
Pitching is what you have best on the day you work, and if you can't get your fastball over the plate, then maybe you can win with your curve.
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.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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