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That damn elephant is out there

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

There's a new book about Jamie Moyer. Or maybe it's by Jamie Moyer. I'm not sure. If you want, you can ask me if the book's any good in November. Probably better make it late November. Anyway, Moyer's apparently been fooling around with a knuckleball. And he gives a lot of credit to Harvey Dorfman for his incredible career.

This is my favorite part of the whole article, though:

But it is one thing to believe and another thing to float a 78-mph fastball past a big-league hitter. Moyer did it over and over and over again, once Dorfman convinced him he had to be aggressive, throw that tantalizing pitch inside.

And that's what Moyer did, getting those wide-eyed, sweaty-palmed hitters to get themselves out, swinging too soon, too often at tantalizing pitches in hard-to-hit places.

It sounds a little grim, a lot grim. There are occasional sparks of humor easing the path. There's an anecdote about Gus Hoefling, Steve Carlton's fitness guru.

Dom Johnson, son of onetime Phillies slugger Deron Johnson, is asked by Hoefling, "Can elephants walk across lilypads?"

After Dom says, "No", Hoefling grumbles, "That's why you'll never reach your potential. Remember: What the mind believes, the body achieves."

Johnson takes the question to Carlton. The enigmatic pitcher smiles and says, "I haven't met that damn elephant yet, but he's out there."

Damn elephant.

Here's where you can buy the book, by the way.

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