If you thought Josh Beckett took a long time in between throws - Red Sox newbie-starter Daniel Bard spends nearly 2:45 in this You Tube video posted earlier in the week to deliver one pitch. The elongated windup video is actually a pitch - so to speak - for something called the Pitchers Power Drive. The device doesn't look like much but apparently offers Bard some "kinetic and audio feedback" while helping him improve his windup and delivery. Overall, the video is pretty cool and there's some interesting "science of baseball' stuff in here. Bard's reaction to the click at the end is cute - he's quite impressed with himself. "Click it right, it's friggin on the money," the righty says.
Now if Bard could just find the strike zone in September - we'd be on to something. Maybe the 2012.2 version of the Pitchers Power Drive will come with a GPS to help him locate the plate after Labor Day. Working without the device beneath his right foot, Bard had his first start since 2007 on Tuesday - throwing two shutout innings against Baltimore's B-squad in Fort Myers. He had one walk, two strikeouts and threw 21 of his 31 pitches for strikes. Afterward, Bobby Valentine said that Bard "looked very comfortable on the mound, looked comfortable out of the windup, got into a stretch he was OK, and felt good afterwards."
And his form was perfect, no doubt.
The Pitchers Power Drive does not work for all former Red Sox relievers. Jonathan Papelbon could use one to regulate his mouth after taking a swipe at Boston fans for allegedly being intellectually challenged when it comes to baseball compared to their National League and Neanderthal counterparts in Philly. Hey, Jonathan, maybe the relievers in Philadelphia might have known a bit more about how close out season-ending games against Baltimore and Anaheim. Cinco-Choko was just fine when he was our resident smart-ass. He's now turned his charm against the Boston fan base that so blindly supported him for seven seasons. It's no so much a slap in the face as it's a kick in the groin. His departure doesn't hurt quite so much now. It might in June depending on what Andrew Bailey can do. You can only imagine the ammo Papelbon will have against Philly fans when he signs with the Mets in four years. At least Wade Boggs and Judas Damon kept their mouths shut in regard to Red Sox fans when they went to the Yankees.
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