Everyone has that one thing that irrationally pisses them off. For me it’s Nickelback. Mention that group’s name and I just get angry. If I’m near my desk I throw papers and pens and anything and everything around on the ground. And then I turn green and muscular and scream at the top of my lungs "I’m angry!!!" and then call up a telemarketer and scream at him for interrupting my rage. And then I collapse pathetically on the ground weeping for shame. Why did I let Nickelback get under my skin again?
Apparently, Wallace Matthews hates Tim Wakefield. He thinks he’s boring to watch. He doesn’t understand how he’s a major league pitcher. In his very angry piece, Matthews goes off on the highly-regarded (or so I thought) knuckle-baller. Writing about last night’s Yankee victory, Matthews opines:
So before you start to think that the Yankees, who have now won two straight, are back to normal, here’s one bit of advice: Now, let’s see them do it against a major-league pitcher.
Wakefield may very well be the least entertaining player ever to appear in a major-league uniform, unless of course passed balls, uncontested stolen bases, endless delays between pitches and three-ball counts on every batter is your idea of fun.
Jeez! I can’t say I enjoy the aesthetics of a Wakefield performance, but this seems a bit much. For one thing, I’m pretty sure the least entertaining player to ever pitch a major league baseball game is Steve Traschsel. The least entertaining hitter probably was Mike Hargrove, although that’s based on what others have told me. I found Don Baylor a remarkably boring player to watch in my early days of following the Bombers. Secondly, it’s pretty cool that Wakefield has been able to be so successful using such a difficult pitch to master. Props to him for his hard work. Without him, the knuckle-ball wouldn’t be around right now. And that would mean there would one less thing, one less style of play, to watch and wonder over. Also, he’s a pretty good pitcher. You might even call him a major league pitcher.
Hat tip to Scott SF for the link.