Vern's Verbal Vibe

Singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and purveyor of folk 'n' roll: spirit-filled sad songs made better.

March 07, 2011

The Almighty Knuckleball

Just finished a great article on the knuckleball by Marty Noble on If you're wanting the inside story behind this mysterious pitch, do check it out. Opposing hitters often find humour the best way to cope with a knuckleball, and in that spirit, I wanted to share a few of the more amusing quotes:

"Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox." — Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh Pirates

"I wish it were that easy." — R.A. Dickey, knuckleball pitcher, New York Mets

Bob Uecker, broadcaster and former catcher, on how to catch one: "Wait till it stops rolling, go to the backstop and pick it up."

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