I preferred to work fast. Most of the time I pitched from the full windup, so I didn’t want to waste any time lollygagging. I would get the ball back from my catcher, and as I went into the windup I would set the grip on the ball, unseen by the opposition, and then I just let fly with whatever I had chosen to throw. Also, my catcher and I liked to keep things simple—so 1 was a slider, 2 was a curve, 3 was a knuckle-curve, and 4—well, it could be any one of a closetful of changeups I had in my arsenal, and all he had to do was stick out his mitt and wait for the ball. How the opposing batters hated it! but there was nothing they could do about it, because I set the pace, I controlled the game, and I just wanted to get the batters out and get it over and done with.
And when I was relieving and I had to go to the stretch because there was a runner on base when I had entered the game, I would come to the full stop of one second—no more, no less—and same thing, I just let loose with my pitches. And when I suddenly stepped off the rubber and fired to first, a good snap-throw, the runner never could get back to the bag in time and was easily tagged out. Yummy. 8)