The day has come.
I worked that last 7 years of my life for this milestone, which was totally unexpected today.
Yesterday I threw an inning, 1k, 0bb, 0h and earned the save. I sat 90-93 and retired all hitters using all fastballs.
Today, going into the start of the game, my arm was HANGING. I had thrown too much in the bullpen on Saturday. I only lobbed the ball a bit before the game, and didn’t anticipate pitching today.
Well, the time came in the 7th inning, as our pitcher began to struggle in a close game. I got on the bump in the bullpen and started getting loose. About 5 pitches in, I popped a fastball that just felt ungodly fast. There was a crack I haven’t ever heard before from the mitt. I looked around - did anyone else see that? My arm was electric, the balls were jumping out of my hand. For the time being, I didn’t feel any of the soreness in my arm.
I was using my lower half to drive more than usual, and I was keeping my arm looser and limper than usual because it was so fatigued and sore.
I got into the game and after two pitches got us out of the 7th inning jam. The 8th inning was all mine. 3 up 3 down, all 2-seam fastballs save one change up. The swings I was getting were stupid. The ball was exploding out of my hand. I was literally throwing like a wild banshee, slinging my body and arm at the plate with everything I had. 2 strikeouts and a ground ball later, the inning was over.
After the game I am informed of my velocity by our managers who man the radar gun aside the scouts at every game:
“Hey Brew, do you realize you hit 95 today?”
Me: “Um, what?”
“You were 92-94, and touched 95, we couldn’t believe it”
Me: “You’re lying”
I was actually shown up though by our next lefty reliever who pitched the 9th, typically 91-94 out of the pen, but 93-96 today. Cool. Our friday starter sat 93-94 and touched 95 yesterday while striking out 11 in 8 inning of 1 hit ball. Furthermore, Bryant U had a sophomore reliever come in and chuck 94-97 for an inning on Saturday. So all in all, this milestone for me was pretty obscured by some serious february cheese. Then again mine were 2-seam coming sidearm from the left side.
There were over 25 scouts at the game yesterday for these guys, but still about 10 there today.
Keeping focused and staying hungry. Optimistic and feeling good. I need to start using my slider more, but today I just stuck to the 2 seam. It won’t be long before I am tested agains the best - Florida State in 2 weeks.
(According to Paul Nyman, what I have just done was supposed to be impossible….)