New York Mets

Relief Pitcher Turned Starter Throws Gem in New It Wasn't Joba

NEW YORK - APRIL 15:  Bobby Parnell of the New York Mets pitches to the San Diego Padres on April 15, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.   All Major League Baseball players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson day.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Brian ElbergCorrespondent ISeptember 5, 2009

I couldn't help but laugh today as I sat on my couch and watched Bobby Parnell make the Cubs look foolish; he threw strikes, kept the Cubs guessing and worked out of jams better than Sean Connery in The Rock.  The reason I was laughing was not because I couldn't believe the Mets were actually winning; but because of Joba Chamberlain.  The other 8th inning pithcer in New York with electric stuff that has now turned into a starter. 


And you may ask why nobody makes a big deal about Parnell, and there is a very simple answer to that... IT ISNT A BIG DEAL.  Pitchers have changed from starters to relievers often throughout the last twenty years in baseball.  One of the most obvious examples is John Smoltz, who went from being one of the most dominant starters in the game(winning as many as 24 games in 1996) to one of the most dominant closers(saving 55 games in 2002) and than back again(winning 16 games in 2006). 

But for some reason when a less talented pithcer on the Yankees does the same thing early in his career it's a big deal.  It is literally in-comprehensible. 

That is why I was so glad to see Parnell pitch such a gem tonight.  So I could finally have  someone on my team that I could shove in the faces of Yankee fans and say, SEE YOU GUYS REALLY ARE CRAZY. 

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