And here’s where the crossfire enters the picture.
If you throw anything at all sidearm, you should consider it. The crossfire, which works only with the sidearm delivery, is a beautiful and lethal move that will work with any pitch. So you could certainly throw that circle change—sometimes as is, sometimes with the crossfire, and just watch the batters tear their hair out by the roots! I picked up that move when I was about thirteen—I was a natural sidearmer to begin with—and I fell so in love with it that I wound up using it most of the time, which fact was not lost on my pitching coach. One day he was helping me resolve a problem with My circle change, and he said to me, "I know you’re going to crossfire it. You use that move with everything you throw."
And here’s how it works. Say you’re a righthander. You go into the windup, or the stretch, whatever—but instead of delivering directly to the plate you take a step toward third base, whip around with your whole body, and fire the pitch in to the plate from that angle. To the batter it will look as if it’s coming at him from third base, and as he tries to get out of the way—or just freezes at the unexpectedness of the delivery—it’s in there for a strike! (If you’re a southpaw you go via first base.)
So go ahead, give it a go. 8) :baseballpitcher: