Saturday, May 05, 2007

Turn on the Nats, and See Something Special -- No, not any of the Washington Nationals. The Chicago Cubs' rookie pitcher, Rich Hill. With two outs, Ryan Zimmerman singled, and stole second. That gave Ryan Church the chance to drive in a run. Rich Hill threw the wickedest curveball you will see, leaving Church off-balance and flailing away at a ball that wound up in the batters' box on the other side of the plate.

I've seen Hill on ESPN highlights, but it's just not the same. You don't get a real sense of the majesty of his curve, unless you're watching it as it happens. Hill is reputed to have the best curve ball in the majors. I might go further, I can't recall anyone who ever threw a better one. Check it out. Let me know if you agree.

While you're at it, you get the added bonus of watching Derek Lee hit. He's got a 13-game hitting streak, and is batting almost .500 over that stretch. Talk about being in the zone....

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