CC Sabathia threw a one-hit shutout against the Pirates, beating our old friend Jeff Karstens.
Get this: In 11 starts for Milwaukee, Sabathia has thrown 88 of a possible 99 innings. He has allowed 69 hits, 14 earned runs, 18 walks and struck out 85.
At 9-0, 1.43, can he win the NL Cy Young Award instead of Brandon Webb? If Sabathia finishes 14-0, he certainly has to be considered.
At the rate he is going, Hank and Hal are going to have to make him a member of the family and cut him in for a share of the team.
Forget to mention this yesterday, but it was sad to hear of the death of Killer Kowalski, the great wrestler and an all-time bad guy. If you grew up with wrestling on television on Saturday mornings, you can still tick off the names: Killer Kowalski, Tony Garea, The Iron Sheik, Sgt. Slaughter, Captain Lou Albano. My favorite was George “The Animal” Steele.
The wrestling you see now is a poor substitute. Back then the grapplers had real personality. I still remember going to the Lincoln Park Ballroom in Dartmouth, Mass., to see Haystacks Calhoun and Magnificent Don Muraco. Haystacks wore a horseshoe around his neck and whenever he got in trouble, he would whack his opponent with it when the referee wasn’t looking. Now that’s entertainment.
Lincoln Park is gone and so are the great wrestlers. Rest in peace, Killer.