-M. gets punked
For those of you who have read Three Nights in August, the portrayal of Dave Duncan is pretty dead on. He’s definitely a stoic character, very blunt and honest and typically a man of few words. He has a sense of humor, but he’s not a jokester by any means.
So when Dunc played a joke on me in a postgame briefing with all of the writers, well, let’s just say it worked.
Towards the end of the session, I asked him about Dennis Dove, who has thrown very well and absolutely blew away threw hitters in the ninth inning today. Dove was pitching at 93-94 and hit 97 mph, and nobody was getting around on him.
Dunc’s response, completely straight-faced: "I think we’re probably going to send him out tomorrow. Youcan’t pitch like that in the big leagues, like he did today."
Yikes, I’m thinking. There goes that feature. I wondered if maybe that fastball was straight, and he was suggesting that a straight fastball like that would get pounded by legit big league hitters. There was a pause. I am told the look on my face was priceless. Then, after a beat or two, Dunc followed it up with:
"That’s too good. We don’t like those guys that throw 95, 96."
And then I realized I had been punked. And there was laughter in the room.
Look for more on Dove on MLB.com tonight. And other outlets, as well. The dude was really impressive.
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