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"