As we ramp up for #calledup, I’ve been queuing up a bunch of baseball movies, starting with Knuckleball!, a documentary about knuckleballers like Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey. It looks at the history of the pitch, the derision that’s followed it, and the hard, winding road that most knuckleballers take to the majors. I would have loved more discussion of the physics of the knuckleball, but the documentary is more about the men who throw the pitch than the mechanics behind it.
I particularly liked the interviews with R.A. Dickey; I loved watching him pitch for the Mets, and he’s thoughtful and articulate when discussing his bread-and-butter pitch.
I remember watching Wakefield pitch for my beloved Bucs (the Pittsburgh Pirates to the laymen) back in the 90s when I lived in Western PA. I believe he played for them when they began their 20-year losing skid. Fingers crossed this is their year to break .500.
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