One of the early stories of the baseball season has been the splendid performances of older "cerebral" pitchers Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Mike Mussina, and Curt Schilling. This Times article focuses on Mussina and the adjustments he has made recently which have aided his newfound success. It’s a testament to the baseball intelligence and will-power of Mussina that he’s changed his approach as his body has aged. Certainly, Schilling has made similar adjustments this season. And Maddux and Glavine have made careers of out-thinking their opponents. I’m rooting hard for three of these four pitchers to continue their remarkable runs. The other one? Not so much. But I recognize that all of them are brilliant at their craft.
*This is in no way a plug for that awful brainless show on Comedy Central in which the guy makes unfunny jokes about ethnic stereotypes and thinks that because they’re politically incorrect and therefore "shocking", they’re funny. That guy? I don’t think he puts too much thought into his craft.