— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) July 27, 2013
Don Sutton was known as “Black and Decker” for his craftsmanlike skills at baseball modification. He once said of meeting pitcher Gaylord Perry: “He gave me a jar of Vaseline. I thanked him and gave him a piece of sandpaper.”
This line of inquiry led me here (Warning, graphic Kenny Rogers picture). Author claims that Bruce Sutter mastering the split-finger fastball marked the real end of the spitball era. Not sure I totally buy that, but interesting. Anyway, tonight Bartolo has his shot to dethrone the venerable and briefly random Athletic Don Sutton in the Oakland franchise record book.
Crisp, CF; Lowrie, SS; Donaldson, 3B; Moss, 1B; Cespedes, LF; Reddick, RF; Smith, DH; Vogt, C; Sogard, 2B. Colon, P.
Facing Jerome Williams, who inexplicably often seems to not suck against us. So Jerome, after we crush you so bad you go back to Hawaii once and for all, please find bed and tell him he’s missed.