If Batters Think Yu Darvish Is Terrifying Now, Just Wait Untill They Learn the Guy Is Ambidextrous (Video)
Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish already has a dazzling array of pitches. That’s why he’s had a tremendous season, leading the American League in strikeouts (207) and posting a 2.64 ERA. So could you just imagine how much more difficult he would be to face if, say, he threw both right-handed and left-handed?
What’s that? Sounds ridiculous you say?
Well, it’s not as crazy as it sounds. Apparently he actually is ambidextrous, and before games he likes to warm up by tossing with both arms.
Take a look:
This video was shot prior to Darvish’s brilliant 15-strikeout performance against the Astros the other night. You know, the one in which he came within a few outs of a perfect game for the second time this season?
Now, obviously, simply playing catch with both arms and pitching to major league hitters with both arms are two different things, and it’s highly unlikely that Darvish will ever attempt it. All I’m saying is, could you just imagine how awesome he would be if he did?
And by the way, just so you know I’m not crazy for imagining it, there is a “switch pitcher” in professional baseball right now. His name is Pat Venditte, and he plays for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. FYI.