Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Zackkk

I'm kind of excited that the Royals are getting a Sports Illustrated cover story for the first time in 16 years or so. All it took was a pitcher who hasn't given up an earned run in his last six starts (one of three pitchers ever to do that along with Orel Hershiser and Don Drysdale), an absolutely sick streak. In his four starts this year Greinke has 36 strikeouts, four wins, 2 complete games, and a single unearned run. Just ridiculous stuff.

I would guess that it hasn't been since Kevin Appier or David Cone in the early-90's that KC has had a pitcher even come close to pitching this well and it's kind of embarrassing how giddy I am about it. It's not just that watching him pitch is so much fun or that his stats are other-worldy but his story is absolutely amazing as well.

He's always been kind of an odd guy but things blew up when he actually left the team for several months to deal with social anxiety issues. It was a really bizarre story and there was endless talk about whether he was crazy or whether the Royals were doing to the right thing or whether he would ever see the Major Leagues again. But, as the story details, he came back a changed man and unleashed the potential that they always knew he had. The story is a really good read (as pretty much anything written by Joe Posnanski is) and worth your time, IMO.

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