Monday, May 31, 2010

Throw the 'Sink' At Them

Throwing a sink sounds like something world's strongest men hopefuls do on ESPN 9.

In fact, "sink" is the new nickname given to the sinkerball, as evidenced by the New York Post's scoopmeister Joel Sherman describing Mets hurler Mike Pelfrey's effective "sink" against the Phillies late last week.

Pelf "used his trademark sink to record 19 of his 21 outs either in the infield or with strikeouts," wrote Sherman. Also in Friday's Post, Sherman said Pelfrey's "sink was splendid."

You don't need to be Tim McCarver to figure out that a sink is a truncated term for sinker, which was itself a truncated term for sinkerball.

Sink follows the same pattern as its gravity-lovin' brethren, the "split." "Splitter" took over for "split-fingered fastball," which was way too long for anyone to say, and "split" seemed to relieve "splitter" when the pitch was all the rage in the mid-'90s.

Of course, jocular former Yankee/Blue Jay/Sawk starter Roger Clemens was the only Major Leaguer to refer to his own "split" as "Mr. Splitty."

Pelfrey strikes us as the self-effacing type; we'd be surprised if he ever called his signature pitch "Mr. Sinky."


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So I would imagine "Throwing the kitchen sink" would be an exteremely good pitch, better than the bathroom sink..... then there is the utility sink, mostly used by closers, the'll get you out once but twice around and hitters might catch up