Walter Johnson's fastball looked about the size of a watermelon seed and it hissed at you as it passed.— Ty Cobb
Tempting Fastball quotations
No baseball pitcher would be worth a darn without a catcher who could handle the hot fastball.
I may be wearing makeup, but I can throw a fastball by you at the same time.
I know who's the best pitcher I ever see and it's old Satchel Paige, that big lanky colored boy. My fastball looks like a change of pace alongside that little pistol bullet ole Satchel (Paige) shoots up to the plate.
Back in the day when I played, a pitcher had 3 pitches: a fastball, a curveball, a slider, a changeup and a good sinker pitch.
You've got to be ready for the fastball.
You can't hit what you can't see; I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee!
Every hitter likes fastballs, just like everybody likes ice cream.
But you don't like it when someone's stuffing it into you by the gallon. That's what it feels like when Nolan Ryan's thrown balls by you.
My major league debut came at old Busch Stadium on Grand Avenue in St.
Louis, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first pitch I threw was to third baseman Bob Bailey. It was a fastball, low and away. He ripped it for a home run down the left field line. I said, 'Damn, that was a pretty good pitch.
The dumber a pitcher is, the better. When he gets smart and begins to experiment with a lot of different pitches, he's in trouble. All I ever had was a fastball, a curve and a changeup and I did pretty good.
The good rising fastball is the best pitch in baseball.
I looked for the same pitch my whole career, a breaking ball.
All of the time. I never worried about the fastball. They couldn't throw it past me, none of them.
The final release point for the fastball is the tips of your fingers.
Everybody wants to know, 'How do you throw a curveball, how do you throw a slider, how do you throw this and that,' when they can't even locate a fastball. Learn how to control your fastball and then once you've got that, move on to other things.
I have to go with the approach I had in Triple-A.
I need to take a lot of those fastballs I am seeing to left field. Also must gear up for the changeup and take them up the middle.
I had to will my way through that game.
Sometimes, it takes more than talent or more than a 95-mile-an-hour fastball. You have to will it.
When Bryan Price taught me how to throw a changeup, he made me see myself.
All my life, I've been the equivalent of a fastball pitcher - trying to use blazing speed and brute force to wow the people around me.
When you lose velocity off of your fastball, one thing that suffers is your off-speed pitches - the action on your off-speed pitches. Once you lose arm speed, it takes away rotation from your off-speed pitches. The rotation is what gives them the sharpness and the nastiness.
I'm a fastball hitter. It's no secret I'm looking for a fastball every pitch. I think it's one of the hardest things to do in sports-to hit a moving baseball.
I trust that I can hit a fastball, that I can hit any pitch they throw to me.
I throw my curveball like Clayton Kershaw and my fastball like Mo'ne Davis.
Most pitchers fear losing their fastball and, since I don't have one, the only thing I have to fear is fear itself.
The last batter to hit, blast shattered your hip, Smash any splitter or fastball-that'll be it.
I threw all my pitches over the top which was important for me because my slider was hard to tell from my fastball at release.
(Dwight Gooden) his fastball crackling , his curveball dropping as suddenly as a duck shot in the air, has begun his charge for a third straight award-winning season.
You have to hit the fastball to play in the big leagues.
Greg Maddux is probably the best pitcher in all of baseball along with Roger Clemens. He's much more intelligent than I am because he doesn't have a 95 or 98 mph fastball. I would tell any pitcher who wants to be successful to watch him, because he's the true definition of a pitcher.
The three most important pitches I threw in my life were all fastballs.
I'm not going out and hitting a 95-mph fastball where I can't see the stitches.
I'm not on a professional football team looking to tackle a fullback who is built like solid wood. I'm a thinking person, and I've been blessed with the ability to see some things and talk about them in a way that registers in a humorous and funny way.
I threw a lot more curveballs in college and the minor leagues.
Up here, they're looking for that pitch. A curveball is more recognizable out of the hand than a fastball or changeup. They're taking them or hitting the mistakes I make with them. I don't want it to be so recognizable. I'll have to work with that because that was my pitch.
It (the slider) just rolls off of your index finger and begins it's spin which will take it down and across the plate (hopefully). Just remember not to twist your elbow or wrist. It should be thrown, with the wrist and grip set, just like your fastball, slightly off center - with the same velocity and intensity.
I've got a fastball, change-up, forkball, curve, slider, knuckle-slider, knuckle-curve, I had about seven pitches I could have used at any time.
I'm not like a 90-mph fastball kind of guy, but I can hit 70 on radar gun.
I hit 70 one time on a radar guy at one of those pitch-and-throw kind of things. I have a pretty good arm for somebody who's not a baseball player.
John Wetteland had a very good curveball.
He threw it for a strike, too, in any count, any situation. But, he really didn't use it much. He didn't want to throw it. He wanted to throw fastball-slider.
Trying to sneak a fastball past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster.