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Video: This wiffle ball king can sling it

Jan 11, 2011, 11:28 PM EST

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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