You don’t spend much time on some games. They move fast and end quietly. You shrug them off as a bad night or a good pitcher. It’s usually a bit of both.
They don’t matter for long. Matt DeSalvo goes tonight and he is coming off a great start against the Mariners on Monday.
The New York Times has an interesting story in today’s paper about how much DeSalvo reads – he is currently working on Confucius – and how he is able to apply it to life and baseball.
The story sparked a memory of a Spring Training piece written in the Journal News by Peter Abraham. Back in March, DeSalvo was reading the English translation of “The Book of Five Rings,” which is a 362-year-old manual written by Miyamoto Musashi on military strategy and sword fighting.
It begins: “Strategy is the craft of the warrior…”
Every lesson applies to pitching. The battle between pitcher and hitter is pure and beautiful and violent and nasty.
DeSalvo will have a ball and a glove, but the strategy is the same as it was 362 years ago.