The Awesome Brandon McCarthy


A terrific read to start continue your week: Michael J. Mooney’s profile of Brandon McCarthy over at Buzzfeed.

[T]he Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher, who will begin his eighth season with his fourth different organization when he takes the ball Opening Day, comes across as genuine and unaffected, whether it’s to his 100,000+ Twitter followers or in his living room….

“I became addicted to Fangraphs,” he says, referring to a popular stat-head website. “If I wanted to stop sucking, I knew I needed to change something.” He looked at which pitches lead to more runs. At the end of his stretch with the Rangers, he made the conscious decision to remake himself as a pitcher….

“After the injury, trying to be funny was one of the things that helped me clarify my thoughts,” he says, still sitting on the same couch where he came up with most of his ideas. “I always liked the idea of writing, but actually writing is harder than hell. Having an idea is one thing, but creating characters and a universe and then giving them words and all that is completely another idea all together.”

The entire piece is a must-read.

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Jeremy Blachman is the author of Anonymous Lawyer, a satirical novel that should make people who didn't go to law school feel good about their life choices. Read more at McSweeney's or elsewhere. He likes e-mail.

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  1. TheGrandslamwich says:

    Seeing as it’s Buzzfeed, without clicking the link I’ll just assume that entire rest of the article is pictures of him and a puppy/kitten.

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  2. Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball agaisnt the yankees) says:

    That guy is so cool.

    Reminds me of myself but without all the money and hot wife.

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  3. taft's wild pitch says:

    What would a similar article say about an actual major leaguer that read notgraphs? Would it explain John Axford’s mustache? Lincecum’s 2012 season?

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