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Best pitching sleeper of the day!

PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 10:36 pm
by drunkenmonkey
This is painful as a Cardinal's fan, but it is also hilarious.

After being shellacked 11-4 going into the eighth inning today, Tony LaRussa decided to give his bullpen a break and leave Cody McKay(who had just pinch hit) in to pitch the eighth. For those of you who don't have a clue who Cody McKay is, he's the Cards' new backup catcher/utility infielder who is in his first real major league season.

McKay went on to pitch the eighth and ninth inning, utilizing a wicked knuckleball being clocked in the upper fifties (yes, that's miles per hour). He gave up a total of one walk, no hits, and no earned runs. He recorded the Cardinal's first 1-2-3 inning of the day in the eighth. At one point, with the count 0-3, he threw a 79 mile per hour fastball right down the center for a strike.

The Cardinal's still lost 11-5. I was listening on the radio, and I have to admit, I haven't enjoyed a Cardinal's loss so much in a long time. I'm going to pick McKay up as my next pitching sleeper. The way the Cards' rotation has started the season, he could very well make the rotation in the next month.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2004 1:41 am
by Runningman
That's hilarious.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2004 1:49 am
by mmdmaznn
Gotta love LaRussa for giving the kid a chance!

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2004 1:59 am
by hybrid
heh, yeah saw a highlight of him on espn. looked like he was soft tossing w/ his kid out there. also, just out of curiousity how do you get into a 0-3 count? just playing :-b

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2004 11:40 am
by Leiter Fan
Bobby Valentine used to do that with the Mets also. He generally did it once a year. These are the one's I remember:

1998 - Matt Franco
1999 - Matt Franco
2000 - Derek Bell
2001 - Desi Relaford

Franco and Bell got rocked, but Relaford pitched a 1-2-3 9th. It was definitely fun to watch, and helped save the bullpen.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2004 12:07 pm
by Mookie4ever
just don't put your stars out there. Remember Canseco?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2004 12:27 pm
by BigMusky12
do not forget Mark Grace and his Jose Mesa impersonation.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2004 12:40 pm
by Mookie4ever
BigMusky12 wrote:do not forget Mark Grace and his Jose Mesa impersonation.


Mike Fetters not Mesa - still that was a good one.

Re: Best pitching sleeper of the day!

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2004 12:47 pm
by G-Man
drunkenmonkey wrote:
McKay went on to pitch the eighth and ninth inning, utilizing a wicked knuckleball being clocked in the upper fifties



Good stuff ;-D Possibly topped only by jose canseco's entirely comical outing as a pitcher.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2004 12:51 pm
by Danimal
I caught the eight inning on the Brewers Radio Network and I must say, Bob Uecker was enjoying it as well. Although McKay pitched well, Uecker said he hopes the Brewers see more of McKay thoughout the season.
;-D
By the way, I think all those naysayers suggesting Pods was a flash in the pan can take a hike!
:-)