In the leagues that I coached when a pitcher is left on the mound and struggles, keeps treading water with his nose just above the water line, having a rough go of it - without any sympathy from the bench, we'd called that ... "A Long Bus Ride on a Hot Day with the Windows Up and Sitting on a Spring"
Watching the Red Sox play the Yankees last night (08/03/2014) and witnessing Clay Buchholz take " A Very Long Bus Ride.." reminded me why so many don't make in this business. Buchholz has - to be as polite as possible, one of the greatest 1000 yard stares in all of professional baseball.
To leave a man out there for the time he was, says a lot to anyone wanting a career in professional baseball. And it happens more than you think in the Affiliates... and definitely in the Indy's.
I gotta give Clay credit where credit is due, he kept hammering away, sweating his brains out and busing his cahoonies, through a tough lineup.