Caple on Madritsch

Jeff · March 11, 2005 at 12:33 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

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.”


5 Responses to “Caple on Madritsch”

  1. Jonathan on March 12th, 2005 9:52 am

    In the article, Bryan Price talks about Madritsch just needing to not get overly aggressive, to keep his composure on the mound after giving up a hit or making a bad pitch. Sounds mighty like the Freddy Garcia Syndrome. Don’t get me wrong, Freddy most definitely turned on my world with a smile (sic), but it always seemed so easy for him to get rattled, whether by the other team or himself. Madritsch seems to combine the same intensity with a maturity that always seemed to elude Freddy. I’ve been a Bobby-Booster for a couple of years, and I can’t wait to see what he does with a full season in the show. Can you imagine a rotation that features two lefties like Madritsch & Moyer? I, like many of you, am hoping that Jaimie has a return to form (perhaps a vain hope, but Spring is like that), and a junk-baller and a horse from the left side is a pretty attractive tandem!

  2. jeff on March 12th, 2005 12:03 pm

    Did he plunk someone later in the inning???

  3. Jamie on March 12th, 2005 2:27 pm

    I think I just found my favouret player after Ichiro!

  4. world series on March 12th, 2005 11:17 pm

    My favour(e)t player IS Bobby Madritsch (ahead of Ichiro). He was one of the only reasons I continued to follow the Mariners after their dismal start last year. He brought some badly needed attitude to a team full of lackluster personalities. Hopefully Piniero and the rest of the starting staff (the whole team for that matter) can feed off it this year.

  5. vaujot on March 14th, 2005 12:13 am

    I recall reading a long article a few years ago about a big fastpitch softball tournament among native americans. It seemed to be a big thing. Given that, I wonder why so few of them make the big leagues.