The Detroit Tigers just signed Freddy Garcia, which is (yawn) not especially interesting.
That said, I was fascinated by a sentence that appeared in Buster Olney’s ESPN.com piece a few minutes ago: “His agent, Peter Greenberg, felt very good about how Garcia looked, with his fastball velocity in the range of 85 to 87 mphâ€”lower than it probably would be if Garcia threw in a big league game, with the benefit of full adrenaline.”
I’ve been covering this game for a long time now, and I’ve neverâ€”neverâ€”heard a scout, player, manager attribute a mediocre workout to a lack of adrenaline. In all likelihood, Garcia threw 85-87 mph because he’s a past-his-prime pitcher who can’t generate the juice anymore. Hell, if you can’t get the adrenaline going in a workout that could save your career, when will you ever?
** For the record, Buster is a helluva writer and reporter, and I have tons of respect for the guy.