It’s finally been uploaded! Game 6 of the 2001 World Series. Now you can sit and watch Andy Petitte tip all of his pitches out of the stretch. I’ve only watched the first inning and it took one batter to see it. He comes set with a wiggle for the fastball and straight for the breaking ball. You still have to hit it, but it helps to know for some.
The camera editing is annoying and you miss many of his “coming set” shots, but you see enough. I read about this tipping. I did not notice it during the game. I am proud to say, however, that I detected Joba Chamberlain tipping when he was a starter in 2007 was it? I worked it out on TV and even went to a game and could do it from the box seats by 3rd base. One of my greatest baseball memories with my nephew. In fact, Joba had a 3-level tip and you didn’t need the stretch either! If you studied and got good, you could tell fastball from slider from overhand curve. It was in the separation of the ball from glove. Cleaner separation was the heater, if I recall. Delay? Slider. Big delay? Curve. I have since read that we were not the only ones who picked it up that year. But, that didn’t stop us from emailing several batting coaches of teams the Yankees were facing [evil laugh].
When this game was on, Rick Suttcliffe, who was doing the game for the international feed, called 16 straight pitches of Pettitte’s out of the stretch in a row–on the air! Great coaching, Yanks. The Yankees lost game 6 and then game 7. Andy? He misremembers it all.