Just read Burke Badenhop’s “A day in the life of a reliever.” Buster Olney better watch out, because Badenhop, or his ghostwriter, can really write. A great perspective of the isolation of the bullpen and the struggle to stay connected with the game.
The takeaway is how much they root for the starters to go long and how they conserve the collective energy of the bullpen by lining up in order of how rested and resilient they are. Badenhop is funny talking about keeping his jacket on till the last minute, because the hecklers come out to taunt you as soon as they recognize you. Such as,
My grandmother can throw harder than that!
Does she have an agent?
I was surprised he could be funny, because Badenhop seems so intense on the field. He comes in like an agitated bear with a big appetite. He works fast, but he seems out of control, arms flailing, throwing himself at the plate. His name describes it: he “baden-hops” to the plate. He worries me because, for a sinker-baller he always seems high in the strike zone. Maybe there’s something I don’t understand about his approach, because his high pitches aren’t getting smashed.
I see a different Badenhop in his writing, so I am glad he took the time to blog or tell his ghostwriter what to say. He pokes fun at himself for being late, but shows how quickly he can get ready and how he pulls for the starters while preparing for the worst. A good attitude for a reliever.
I like this writer, Burke Badenhop, and I’m starting to understand the pitcher.
What I want to know is, Did you really write this, Burke Badenhop, or did you use a relief writer to polish it off?