There wasn’t all that much to come out of today and some of us were a little pre-occupied with Olympic hockey. And yes, deserved congratulations to Ryan Miller, Zach Parise and the rest of Team USA for their part in making today’s Gold Medal clash one of the best hockey games ever played. I think it’s safe to say two countries were on the edge of their seats for nearly three hours. They’ll be replaying this one in Canada for the next 50 years, and probably down here for a long time as well. Hockey in this country has come a long way since the miracle in Lake Placid and is now on-par with the world’s best.
So, to get back to baseball, here’s some video up close of Ryan Rowland-Smith working out with catcher Josh Bard in the bullpen today. He worked on that cutter he’s hoping to use this season. You’ll see it on the first couple of pitches.
After that, he snaps off a wicked curve.
At one point, bullpen coach John Wetteland steps in like a hitter. Rowland-Smith likes Wetteland doing that because he doesn’t flinch at inside pitches the way some coaches do. He simulates the real thing. And in games, hitters don’t give you the inside unless you bust them in and earn it. Hope you enjoy.
And just in case you missed it, here’s a replay of Geoff Baker Live! from Friday. A reminder that our next show is tomorrow, at 6 p.m. Pacific time, where we’ll discuss what happened in tomorrow’s intrasquad game.