Thursday, December 16, 2010

On Pistons "value" to Ilitch, Bob Feller and Joel Zumaya

Look, my name is Caputo, not Cavuto, but it does seem like much of Pistons' value would be tied to having a building, The Palace of Auburn Hills, which is still state-of-the-art and paid for - free and clear of debt.
And it would seem that Mike Ilitch, as a potential buyer of the Pistons, wouldn't be that interested in that portion of the Pistons' "value" because his avowed goal is build a new arena to house both the Red Wings, and perhaps the Pistons, in Detroit.

- Bob Feller was one of the greatest pitchers of all time, not only in terms of his statistics, but raw ability. It's probably Feller and Nolan Ryan at the top of pack when it comes to "stuff." They are two of the top handful of hardest throwers of all time. And both had utterly knee-bending breaking balls.
You know who should have joined them in that category? Dwight Gooden.

- In the "call me crazy" department, I think Joel Zumaya will remain healthy and pitch extraordinarily well for the Tigers this season.



Anonymous Nolan said...

Feller also gave up 4 prime years of his career to military service, the first player to enlist after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. How many athletes would do that today? As great as he was as a pitcher, he was an even better American.

8:53 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was lucky to have seen both Feller and Ryan pitch. Great pitchers.

I would add Drysdale and Gibson to that list.

And Drysdale and Gibson would have thrown their fastballs into the ear of one of these modern hitters that backed out of the box at the last minute and adjusted their sweetheart batting gloves.

No 3-hour games with them pitching!

10:43 AM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

I agree about Feller, Pat. His life would make a great movie if it hasn't already been done - signing to play pro for a single dollar and an autographed ball, and being the first to sign-up while playing to fight in WWII.

You can just hear the manager at the time saying to Feller in his office

"gosh it's swell, what yer doin, Bob - but gee whiz we're gonna miss ya 'round here"

and Feller replying back

"Shucks Coach ..."

But I think you might be pipe-dreaming about Zoom-by-ya Book. I don't know what you're basing your optimism on ... just say'in is all.

12:44 PM 
Blogger Barry said...

Pat, instead of Gooden joining the group I would put Verlander in that group. Is it possible that Zumaya will become a starter? He gets hurts as a reliever anyway.

1:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feller was a great person as well as pitcher.

You know, he had the second fastest fastball ever recorded - 106.7 MPH and that was when the jug recorded the pitch from the time the ball left the hand and then crossed the plate, unlike today whereby they record the first few feet from the throw (ball loses velocity due to gravity).

He could just flame it!

3:33 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zumaya? I doubt it. Too injury prone. They can't risk it, and better have plenty of options besides him.

7:05 PM 

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