According to Patrick Wisdom of the Cubs, my instincts were right. On the Pardon My Take Podcast, Wisdom was asked 'how much it sucks' to face deGrom. "It was a major suck," Wisdom said. "It's like going into a test knowing you're going to fail. He's just going to overpower you."
I mean, I knew facing off against deGrom wouldn't be a fun task for anyone, but I didn't know he was crushing dreams before pros even step into the box. We're talking about professional hitters after all. I figured they would at least have enough confidence to think they have a fighting chance. Nope, turns out their confidence is as high as mine taking my high school chemistry exams.
No one is on deGrom's level.
"The first pitch I barely even saw," Wisdom added. "It explodes out of his hand and gains speed as it gets to the glove. It was something I've never seen before."
How does a ball pick up speed as it gets to the glove??? deGrom is out here defying physics. They're going to have to re-writer textbooks because of him. Hell, I'd actually read that chapter.
I can't decide if I want to step in the batter's box myself to experience what facing deGrom is like or count my blessings that I never have to. One thing is for sure, I count my blessing that deGrom pitches for my team.
If you're hitting the final home game on Thursday at Citi Field, swing by the Marina Lot to see some friends, maybe meet some new ones, and responsibly wash down your sorrows before heading inside.