Fan Mail Friday, September 4th
This will be a relatively short and quick post. We’re coming down to the end of the season and between planning for off season travel back home and packing up, I’ll admit I didn’t have a ton of time to work on this. I will say I have another post to come out soon that I’m looking forward to hearing your comments about. In the meantime, if you want one of your questions answered on an upcoming Fan Mail Friday, email me at email@example.com.
The last time I wrote (and you kindly answered) I asked about what pitches you threw. This time I have 3.5 questions: 1) Do pitchers generally only throw fastballs in the 8 pitches they get to warm up when they come into the game (or at the beginning of the inning) or do they try all of their pitches? 1.5) Do you have certain routine you go through with these pitches? 2) What glove do you use (make, model)? 3) Besides working on your book and updating your blog, what are you going to do in the off season?
Adam S. Arlington, VA
<2.) Most pitchers have a specific routine they go through for their warm-up pitches. For example, I typically throw 2 fastballs, 2 sliders, a change-up, a rise ball, and then finish with two fastballs. Between innings, typically I throw 7 pitches and will often take out the rise ball. Some days I will throw an extra slider or change-up depending on how the first ones felt. I think most pitchers are that way. If a particular pitch doesn’t feel right, they will throw an extra one or two. But for the most part, they throw fastballs. When you get on the mound, you should already be ready to throw, so for the most part you are just getting used to the mound and the visuals of the park.
2.) Since college, I have always used Rawlings Gloves. Do you hear that Rawlings? I have used your gloves uninterruptedly for ten seasons now and have had the option to freely go to another company. Who better to represent your company as a spokesperson than a loyal customer with thousands of fans who don’t play baseball themselves? That’s right, I don’t have a sponsorship. Yet. Oh, the model? I have had a Rawlings ProS15TC.
3.) To be honest, I really don’t know what the off season will hold for me and Mrs. Disco. We have been nomads for two years now since selling Mrs. Disco’s condo, so we will probably be visiting friends and family for a decent part of the winter months. I will probably take a month or two off from throwing and then will start getting in shape for next season around December. Being married to a yoga/pilates master and personal trainer, even if I tried taking a week off from working out and being in good physical shape after the end of the season, she wouldn’t let me. So needless to say I’ll be working out in the gym all off season. I will be looking for work (so if anyone is hiring, let me know) and hopefully will get some freelance web design work which allows me to maintain a flexible workout and travel schedule. Mrs. Disco will work as a trainer and yoga/pilates instructor as well. We are looking forward to the off season as it will really be one of our first opportunities to be a “normal” married couple for a few months.
I may play winter ball. We are waiting to hear about that.
Big fan of the blog. What’s your take on stirrups as part of the baseball uniform? Some guys wear their pant legs down to their shoes, while others (seemingly, just a few), pull up their pant legs to show some stirrup. I have to admit, I’m an old school guy, and I like the stirrups. Seems like from your picture, you do too.
Keep up the good work,
The Royals minor league affiliates made a uniform switch to stirrups in 2007. I have worn my pants up at my knees since high school, so I’ve always been a fan of the high socks, but now that we have mandatory rules regarding pants, I’m not that unique anymore. That being said, when I get to the big leagues, I’ll have the opportunity to be unique. As most everyone is aware, the pant style currently in the big leagues has become one of extremely baggy and extremely long pants. Like over the shoes long. I posted in spring training about the cognitive dissonance I experienced with my pants when I backed up a big league spring training game. My consensus was at home I would wear my white pants down and on the road I would wear my pants up with stirrups. We’ll see how that evolves.
I have been planning to do something on the 29th of every month in honor of Quiz. If you guys have any suggestions, I’m open to them. I may go with the mid-calf pants and high stirrups (see below) because I can’t grow a mustache on command and besides, let’s be honest, I need a few Rolaids Relief Man awards under my belt before I’ve earned such a supreme mustache above my lip.
Mr. Disco, (haven’t called anyone that since that one video in college, but I was young and needed the money), I am new to the Disco Mania, and have read the entire archive, but still have not found the fake interview that started it all, is it somewhere to be found?
J, Kansas City, KS