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Canada’s Hopes Rest on a Knuckleball

Canadians are going to learn more about the "knuckleball" today than they ever wanted to know and were afraid to ask. The hopes of a nation hang on a pitch that is at best described as a "eating soup with a fork." Put a little too much spin on the ball or throw it just a little too fast and you're basically serving up a batting-practice pitch that the hitter can feast on. Former Pittsburg Pirate, Willie Stargell said, "Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox." A knuckleball catcher says, "Catching the knuckleball, it's like trying to catch a fly with a chopstick." KNUCKLEHEAD or KNUCKLEBALL A…
Bob Jones
October 12, 2015
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R.A. Dickey: Wherever I Wind Up

Got Blue Jays fever yet? Dickey is a Blue Jays pitcher who's got a good grip on life and a baseball. I was willing to go into extra innings to read, "Wherever I Wind Up," because I didn't want to put it down.. In what is arguably the most popular book on baseball, "Ball Four," Jim Bouton opened the doors 42 years ago to reveal what really goes on in a big league clubhouse (and hotels). R.A. Dickey does something even braver: he opens the door to the darkest moments of his life - from the sexual abuse he suffered at age 8 to his depression and the extramarital affair that almost ended his marriage. His courage in telling his…
Bob Jones
August 12, 2015