Dibble and Knight debate Strasburg
Somewhere around the fifth or sixth inning of Wednesday's Strasmas, this odd concern was raised by Mark Zuckerman: maybe Strasburg was throwing too many strikes. From Mark's Twitter account:
Strasburg may be throwing too many strikes (63 of 78 pitches so far). He might need to try to make them chase more. Strasburg threw 16 straight strikes at one point. 3 hits came during that stretch.
Jose Guillen seemed to back up the point after the game, saying Strasburg "has a little to learn about how to pitch in certain counts," according to Zuckerman. And Ray Knight said the same on MASN's post-game show, arguing that Strasburg needs to make hitters go fishing on 0-2 and 1-2 counts.
Well, Rob Dibble disagreed. And what ensued was A+ regional sports network theater, with Dibble defiantly slouching lower and lower in his chair, gratuitously referring to Knight as "Ray" at least six times, and then finally busting out his World Series bona fides.
The video is above, but I think these screen shots, with dialog, maybe better capture the moment.
Dibble: "I gotta disagree with Ray, you can never throw too many strikes....I thought Stephen had an amazing day, battled the heat, battled a slap-hitting Royals team, allowed one run. Stephen did his job, he just didn't get any run support....He is just a heck of a pitcher."
Knight: "Well, of course Rob's gonna disagree with me because he's a pitcher."
Dibble: "No, I'm not disagreeing because I'm a pitcher. I thought that was one of his best outings, Ray."
Knight: "Oh it was a great outing. I didn't say anything negative about him. What I'm talking about, you get a hitter 0-2, me 0-2, you throw me a pitch fat over the plate and it's a strike, I'm gonna have a chance to put it in play."
Knight: "Don't say no, Rob."
Ron Artest: "Say Queensbridge!"
Dibble: "Most of those hits weren't even hit hard, Ray. Ray. Whatever, Ray. That's fine."
Knight: "I didn't say that!"
Bob Carpenter: [Scanning room for escape routes in case Dibble draws.]
Dibble: "That's fine, you've got your opinion I've got mine
Knight: "I don't care, I'm not disagreeing with your opinion, I know that I'm right as a hitter."
Dibble: [Rolling eyebrows, openly scoffing, laughing in amazement.]
Knight: "If you make pitches fat on the plate, you're gonna get pieces of the ball. The reason you strike out is because you generally chase balls out of the strike zone, in a quadrant, in a different area. I loved the way he threw the baseball today. I'm just saying that when you get 0-2, 1-2, you better make a pitch, because it doesn't matter how hard you throw, somebody'll make contact."
Whip 'Em Out, Boys
Knight: "I got a base hit in the World Series that jammed me as big as anything, but it was a high fastball out over the plate."
Dibble: "That's all right, I got MVP in the playoffs, too, Ray, by striking guys out throwing strikes, so you've got your opinion, I've got mine....That kid did a great job. He did a fantastic job."
Knight: "You got it totally wrong. I didn't say he didn't do a great job. He did a fantastic job. I just said that some of those balls that were hit were balls that were a little fat."
Johnny Holliday: "Down goes Dibble! Down goes The Knight!"
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