"Heck, I shut out the Yankees on three days' rest," Podres recalled. "I threw
a lot of changeups (his money pitch), but when the October shadows took
over, I went with fastballs. If they can't see it, they can't hit it,
Following one of the seasons in which he was the pitching coach for the
Minnesota Twins, he returned home to New York.
"My birthday," Pods said, "is
the same as Robin Roberts', September 30. I looked at my car and there was a
new license plate, 'MVP 1955.' It was a birthday present from my
Pitching for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Podres remembered the great battles
against the Phillies.
"They had some good players. If you put
anything over the plate against Del Ennis, he'd smoke you. I couldn't get
Richie Ashburn out. He must have hit .800 against me. I finally figured it
out. I'd throw him slow curve balls, and he'd hit those nice easy grounders
Podres believes in first-pitch strikes.
"But not just a strike. You've got to have something on it, son. You throw a fastball hitter a first-pitch fastball, and boom, he'll get you. It took me a while to learn that lesson."
Pods: They don't make em' any better.