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What were they thinking?
Tim Crothers
July 13, 1998
Twins righthander Bob Tewksbury may have figured out a way to take the sting out of Mark McGwire's bat. Against the Cardinals on June 28, Tewksbury threw three blooper pitches to McGwire clocked at 44 mph each. McGwire took one for a ball, dribbled the next one to first base for a groundout and popped to first on the last one. In their other encounter a runner was on first, so Tewksbury couldn't use the blooper, and McGwire singled. "I couldn't wait to face him," Tewksbury said. "I can't throw the ball by him, but I can throw it slow. I can throw 44, then I can throw 83. That's a big variance."
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July 13, 1998

What Were They Thinking?

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Twins righthander Bob Tewksbury may have figured out a way to take the sting out of Mark McGwire's bat. Against the Cardinals on June 28, Tewksbury threw three blooper pitches to McGwire clocked at 44 mph each. McGwire took one for a ball, dribbled the next one to first base for a groundout and popped to first on the last one. In their other encounter a runner was on first, so Tewksbury couldn't use the blooper, and McGwire singled. "I couldn't wait to face him," Tewksbury said. "I can't throw the ball by him, but I can throw it slow. I can throw 44, then I can throw 83. That's a big variance."

McGwire grinned after each blooper. "I was hoping he would keep throwing them," he said. "I was going to swing at all of them."

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