Tuesday, March 15, 2005

This is Great

Stone to Wood: Adjust or go sell cars

Listening to the Mike North Morning Show on The Score this morning was fairly entertaining. Here is what Stone was quoted as saying:

...And if they call you a thrower, and if you keep saying you can't change your mechanics, and if in fact your mechanics are partially responsible for you getting hurt every year, you've got a couple of choices: You can take all the money you've made --which is a bundle -- and you can go sell cars. Or you can make some adjustments and try to stay around this league for 10 years.

I agree whole-heartedly with Steve Stone. You see how the Sun-Times and others will take a perfectly legitimate statement like this and rip the "Adjust or go sell cars" line right out of it to make a controversial headline. Stoney has always cut to the point. He's a matter-of-fact commentator and he's dead on here. Woody showed signs of becoming a "pitcher" in 2003, but I'm not sure if he's gotten over the mentality of just trying to muscle up and blow a fastball by the hitter - you've got to outpitch the hitter.

Stone had some words regarding Mark Prior as well:

I won't name names, but coming out of camp last year at times was [the opinion] that Prior probably wasn't tough enough.

Now I don't doubt there were some players questioning Prior's physical toughness last year and they're probably still saying the same thing this Spring, but I don't know where to land on this one. Part of me says the Cubs should continue to be cautious and wait until the inflammation is down before moving forward, but the other part remembers that my arm hurt every time I threw a baseball hard for any extended period of time. I don't think any of us can know if what Prior is going through is the norm for other pitchers of his style and he should just pitch, but if Prior doesn't think he should be pitching until he's straightened out - maybe we should all try to sit tight until he's fixed.

And if you'd rather let him go, here's Stone again: So you've got a multimillion-dollar talent, you want to keep running him out there and saying he's not tough enough? Well, I'll tell you what: Let him go and see if anybody else picks him up.