Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Curious Case of Sidd Finch

On this date in 1985, in today's issue of Sports Illustrated, there is a fictitious article by George Plimpton about a New York Mets pitching prospect named Sidd Finch, whose fastball had been timed at 168 miles per hour fooling readers nationwide.

"So I'm standing behind the plate without a mask, chest protector, pads or anything, holding my glove up, sort of half-assed, to give him a target to throw at....and suddenly I see this windup like a pretzel gone awry, and the next thing, I've been blown two or three feet back, and I'm sitting on the ground with a ball in my glove. My catching hand feels like it's been hit with a sledgehammer." - Mets reserve catcher "Ronn Reynolds"   

1 comment:

Comatoad said...

I remember that article. He was a former Budhist monk, played the french horn for relaxation. Overall, it was an interesting story. Then you took the "intro" paragraph describing the story, and the first letter of each word spelled out "Happy April Fools Day." Pretty clever, actually.