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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

McQuicky

I don't remember the inning, but McCarver stated during game 4, "The slider is the most descriptive pitch in baseball." I don't know about you, but when I was growing up, I was often confused why a slider wasn't a "curveball". I mean, by definition, a "slide" involves going down and a "curve" involves some sort of horizontal turn. In baseball, a slider moves more left and right than down, while a curveball moves down more than left and right. Besides the point, a fastball is just that, a ball thrown fast. A split-finger is also pretty descriptive. You split your fingers. A knuckleball kind of knuckles. A palmball (arguably the most descriptive pitch) is thrown with the ball sitting back in your palm rather than on your fingertips. I could go on for hours. All of these pitches are much more descriptive than a slider. Do analysts even think before they speak?

6 comments:

Andy Musser said...

sinker, spitball, 2-seamer, 4-seamer, circle change...the only other type of pitch i can think of is the screwball, which describes just as much as a slider does. a screwball doesnt screw, and a slider doesn't slide. but, screwball has the word "ball" in it. therefore, slider is slightly less descriptive than a screwball.

congratulations, tim. out of every single pitch possible, you chose the LEAST descriptive one for your inane, irrelevant, absurd comment.

Anonymous said...

eephus pitch...

Andy Musser said...

ahhhh the old eephus pitch...+1 for anonymous

Anonymous said...

what about the gyro ball???

Andy Musser said...

I figured the gyro ball was a type of screwball...but we'll count it.

Congrats, McCarver, you're only very dumb instead of extremely dumb.

Brotherly Scrote said...

And the fork ball is when you put a baseball in the pot with some potatoes and eat it with a fork. Much tastier than the spork ball.