Caple on Madritsch
Like Mad Bobby? You may like him more after you read this profile by Jim Caple.
One interesting anecdote concerns Madritsch’s complete game win over Oakland last year:
It wasn’t just beating a first-place team the final week of the season that was notable, it was the way he insisted on finishing the game.
“The only thing that got me through that game was the fact they hit Ichiro with a pitch and it pissed me off,” Madritsch said. “That got me through the last inning, because I was going to go out there and hit the first guy.”
Apparently, Ichiro talked Bobby out of drilling the first hitter, on the (wise) grounds that putting the lead runner on in a 4-2 ballgame is not great strategy, and “[w]hen a veteran like him tells you something like that, you listen.”