I received this book as a gift. I certainly remember Mitch Williams, but was never particularly a fan and didn't know what to expect. It turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. I feel like I've gotten to know him through the book and can see why he's still popular with Phillies fans.
He's also very insightful and I learned a thing or two along the way about baseball in general and pitching in particular. In talking about his early career he helped answer a question I've often pondered, namely why many can't-miss AAA stars never make it in the majors. He repeatedly challenges conventional wisdom on things like pitch counts, 5-man rotations, mechanics, mentality, steroids etc. His humor and personable style make this a very enjoyable read for any baseball fan.
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Neither pitcher ever got to their back side. Maybe it will if Kershaw comes up with a sore elbow sometime soon. Remember where you read it.
Williams, born in Santa Ana and a member of the Angels for a time before he was released at midseason in , admits he was much more into wrestling and football than baseball, but had an older brother who attracted the scouts and eventually signed with the Milwaukee organization. Mitch, it seems, was destined to follow — and learn the game well enough to talk about it as he does today. It comes with the territory.
Straight Talk from Wild Thing is the story of his career, but more than that, it is inside baseball seen from many perspectives: sitting on a hour. Straight Talk from Wild Thing [Mitch Williams, Darrell Berger, John Kruk] on blacksmithsurgical.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When Mitch Williams threw the.
And it translates well enough on these pages. How it goes down in the scorebook: An observation Williams has about former teammate Lenny Dykstra: