The top of lefty Sean Marshall''s head is 5 inches shorter than 7 feet.
Consider arm length, and then how much he's bent over when he lets go.
I figure that big hook starts about 7 1/2, maybe 8 feet off the ground.
It's going somewhere in the mid 80's, and while velocity's important, it's the insane right hand turn it makes about two thirds of the way to the plate that's just so entertaining or baffling, depending on if you're batting or just watching.
The camera from center field is such a great angle, because you'd swear the ball was heading closer to Sheffield Avenue than the catcher's mitt.
Then, the turn.
If you were a righty and had to swing at that pitch for a week, you'd be doing the kind of serious head jerk-back movement that would cause a permanent double chin even if you were Olive Oyl skinny.
Of course, when I started this post Sean was still pitching and everything was pretty rosy.
Then the bullpen came in and the game went straight to hell.
What must the Chicago Cubs' bullpen ERA be?
Somebody tell me.
I'll guess over 8.
I'm gonna keep trying to be positive about this young season.
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