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Video: This wiffle ball king can sling it

Jan 11, 2011, 11:28 PM EDT

I’m probably not alone in thinking that I had some pretty mean wiffle ball pitches back in my day.

My screwball caused hitters to tornado themselves into the ground, my knuckler put Bugs Bunny to shame, and my rising fastball not only came in deceptively hot, but was the one pitch I could put wherever I wanted to … usually.

Well it turns out I was probably more of a decent innings eater than a Cy Young candidate, sort of wiffle ball’s answer to Joe Blanton. My once rock-solid confidence in my abilities was shattered after watching the video above, which is perhaps the coolest pitching exhibition in the history of YouTube (with apologies to this guy)

Meet WiffleBoy28, and check out his nasty pitches on YouTube and on his web site, where he gives tips on how to pitch (and scuff!).

It would be wise to get to know this guy. I’m talking to you, Sandy Alderson. Think about Oliver Perez, and then ask yourself what you’ve got to lose.

— Hat tip to Ted Berg for the find.

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  1. xmatt0926x - Jan 11, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    All I needed was my cutter, which I didn’t know was called a cutter back when I threw it. Everyone naturally would try all kinds of grips to throw all their oddball wiffle pitches but I stuck with my one pitch and nobody could hit me. It was blazing fast and I could spot it anywhere I wanted. Ohh the good ol’ days. Wiffle ball is the best.

  2. bloodysock - Jan 12, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    I think that’s Dice-K’s missing gyro ball.

  3. pharks - Jan 12, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    I’m sure your confidence was helped by pitching against your younger brother, 8-years your junior!

  4. Bob Harkins - Jan 12, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    But my younger brother went on to become a GREAT athlete. We were sort of the Griffeys, I was Craig and he was Ken Jr.

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