Saturday, August 11, 2007
(posted by OMDQ)
Watching the rebroadcast of a Little League regional game between New Mexico and Texas West on ESPN this morning, I heard one of the announcers refer to Lubbock, Texas starting pitcher Garrett Williams as "vintage Frank Tanana or Sam McDowell" because he is a hard-throwing lefty.
Obviously, this is nitpicky, but couldn't he have come up with a more current and/or logical reference? When I think hard-throwing lefties, I think Randy Johnson and Sandy Koufax before anyone else. Maybe Lefty Grove.
Tanana? Sure, he threw lightning bolts early on in his career, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a fan under the age of thirty who doesn't remember him as a guy who got by on guts and guile (if they remember him at all). McDowell? Hard to argue against a guy whose nickname was "Sudden Sam", but he's still not the first name that springs to mind when I consider hard-throwing lefties.
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