Re: Catchers: A View from the Mound
posted at 10/3/2011 5:34 AM EDT
It's fun to look at the many ways that successful pitchers have and do manifest the confidence that is necessary for that success.
In the minors, Dizzy Dean told the Cardinals that they would win the pennant if they brought him up. "Me and Paul will win X games." They did. He told batters what pitch was coming.
Sandy Koufax quietly went about his business once he learned how to do his business.
Bob Gibson was outwardly a fierce competitor who never hesitated to let batters know that he though he was better than they. But he was not a strutter.
These two examples probably reflect differences in temperament more than ones in attitude. Neither man was thought to have an "ego" in the pejorative sense. Neither was a prima donna. To this day, Sandy plays in charity golf tournaments, and by the fourth hole, according to other participants he'll have you thinking that he's just another guy.
Schilling was larger than life and talked a lot. His presence was felt wherever he went. Needless to say, that quality was very important to the Sox in 2004.
Whitey Ford was a small man with a cocky demeanor.
Between starts, Warren Spahn was the class clown. He took his work seriously but perhaps not life itself after his brushes with death in the war.
Pedro's antics speak for themselves. So do his accomplishments
I use only these few examples to show that style and temperament can either mask or emphasize what we've been talking about.