Morgan was a member of the Big Red Machine
I, like many baseball fans, mourn the loss of the best second baseman in modern day history today. I remember a Joe Morgan classic from Jim Bouton’s “Ball Four” … right there on page 375 of my well-worn paperback edition. You adults can fill in the blanks.
Norm Miller was doing the broadcast bit in the fourth inning when Joe Morgan came back to the dugout after missing a big curve ball for strike three.
“Joe, Joe Morgan, may I have a word with you?”
“Sure, Norm, how’s it going?”
“Fine, Joe, fine. We wanted to ask you about that pitch you missed. What was it?
“Norm, that was a motherfucking curve.”
“Can you tell our listeners, Joe, what’s the difference between a regular curve and a motherfucking curve?”
“Well, Norm, your regular curve has a lot of spin on it and you can recognize it real early. It breaks down a little bit, and out. Now, your motherfucker, that’s different. It comes in harder, looks like a fastball. Then all of a sudden it rolls off the top of the table and before you know it, it’s motherfucking strike three.”
“Thank you very much, Joe Morgan.”
So, there you have it. There are two kinds of curve balls because Joe Morgan says so. Rest in peace, sir. Thank you for the memories.