In the movie Major League, Ricky Vaughn (played by none other than Charlie Sheen), came out to the song Wild Thing by The Troggs. That was partly due to his personality, but also because Ricky had a little trouble throwing strikes. in Major League Baseball, Mitch Williams took that role, and adopted the same song for similar reasons.
After last night’s poor performance by New York Yankees starting pitcher Freddy Garcia, we may have found the latest version of wild thing.
Not only could Garcia not get out of the fifth inning in a game which eventually saw the Yankees defeat the Baltimore Orioles in 12 innings, but the Bronx Bombres’ No. 5 starter entering the 2012 MLB season threw five wild pitches. That feat has not been accomplished since Ken Howell did it for the Philadelphia Phillies back in 1989.
That means that even Rick Ankiel never released five wild pitches in one game before he was converted into an outfielder. Quite impressive, Garcia.
For the game Garcia’s final stat line read as follows: 4 2/3 innings pitched, 4 hits allowed, 4 runs allowed, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Not exactly a good sign going forward,
Especially when you consider the fact that Garcia was the most outspoken Yankees player in regards to the team bringing back starting pitcher Andy Pettitte.
“I don’t really care,” Garcia said, when asked about Pettitte’s return. “That’s their decision. I’m here to pitch and that’s what I want to do.”
When asked if Pettitte’s signing was good for the Yankees, Garcia threw his hands up and clearly made his feelings known in opposition of the decision.
“I don’t know man,” said Garcia. “Ask the people. I don’t know. I guess. You play with the Yankees, nothing surprises you.”
Like throwing five wild pitches in one game?
Kelley writes for The Pigskin Report as well as Hardball Chat. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24 and Like The Rob Kelley Sports Network on Facebook. Kelley is a former sports reporter for various newspapers throughout the state of Florida, and had his first book published I'm Not a Quitter after moving back to Massachusetts.