Known colloquially as the topical remix of R.A. Dickey, Boston Red Sox chucker Steven Wright has spent the 2016 MLB season mowing down doubts and carving his name in the history books. Despite seven total major league wins in three previous seasons, the 32-year-old Wright has become a reliable “veteran by age” clog on a surprisingly solid Boston rotation with 13 wins and a 3.18 ERA (ranked 8th in the American League).
Hall of Fame slugger Willie Stargell once said, “Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor’s mailbox.” For Steven Wright, he instead just doesn’t get the strike call. Embrace perhaps the most scandalous non-strike drop in knuckleball history.
“You know, catching the knuckleball, it’s like trying to catch a fly with a chopstick,” said former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek. But what looks physically impossible is easy game for Wright – whose success on the mound seems to correlate directly with his catcher’s struggles – as he continues to cement himself among the knuckleballing greats.
Here’s a slow-motion view of another nasty break, because slow-mo is always needed (wait for it)..
You can’t stop the wackiness, you can only hope to contain it.. as his catcher that is (yeah, I mean you Sandy Leon).