Willie Mccovey, Jim Wilford, Baseball discussed on CBS Sports Radio
Yeah. But it was difficult. It was difficult to play their interface was that great either. Hey, I was there when Pete Rose is there, and, you know, Pete, he never setting and he goes I'm getting how outta here 'cause the customs, and we have to wait. And the dogs are stiffen are your every time in every time. Yeah. Yeah. Does that two weeks later, we're in San Francisco, and they fifty cameras outside. You know, candlestick fifty cabin reports. He walks in. He says nice playing with you. I'm going to be the plane was res-. I told you getting out of here right done Inara bombs. I said take me with you. That didn't work. Work either. So we'll see I pulled up a one liner here. And I know vite is gonna laugh at this one. Wolford ninety percent of the game is half mental. Come from. Back there. Playing drinking too much. Actually got paid by Reader's Digest twenty five dollars cash. The check because I needed the money. When I read that. I said, yeah, I can see Jim Wilford say that no doubt the most serious. No what what's divined set of guy coming off to bitch pitch. Anyone will tell us about that? You know, what I really liked about? The National League was. You had to be ready as I was good fastball hitter. And you know, you use more because the pitching moves late in the game. You could feel the movement of game Berkeley. Anybody? So I love the National League. And and and you have to be ready at mentally I had to just and and you work at I mean, I think baseball's adapting to what role you become and hey, that's how it is. You do what it takes to win. And we're car. That's we did. And I enjoyed it. And and you know, just try to hang around. You know, who was who was really a hitter you kinda learned about when you learned a technique 'cause you're one of the better pinch hitters in. You're in seemed like every time against the closer. Who did you kinda talk to to to get that mental approach? Well, you know, come up the royals. I learned a little about, you know, George Brett and how McCray and then going over to the Burs you watch you out mauled or then you go the giants, and you see a great players had their, you know, you just have to be aggressive hidden hitting a fastball with guys like lease mantis. Some of these guys now in the hall of fame. You gotta you gotta hit number one right ahead. No more. You guys know that you're going to play the big, and I was forced to make contact, and you know, just watching guys over years work hard. I think that's the biggest thing the bigger you gotta try to improve. When when you went to hitting when you were into the box and say of batting practice. What you work on certain techniques going the opposite way. Did you try to pull what were some of the thought patterns when you went into that cage when you had your fifteen twenty minutes before the game to work on things. Did you kind of think about well? In can't be taught a situation hitting. So the first time, you know, we getting a cage we hit a ball. And we bought two then we hit play tell you hit run. They get run over. And then, you know, situation hitting and that that's how I became. I learned in Kansas City and freight and always must me Henderson. You take batting practice. Could. Where'd you learn that from I learned from the? And just how they taught us. He's baseballs all situations. You got her is sure nowadays, we see so many people striking out. I just don't relate to that one hundred hundred fifty bats and say five strikeouts. And you know, what that's what the kind of teaching the home run. Enter to do we want you to try to get the launch angle and hit it out of the ballpark. We don't care if you strike out. And that's the mindset that's changed about it. And that's bad. That's bad for the George Brett hit three ninety struck out twenty seven times and who's the guy in San Diego. You know, the great, Chris, you know, the Tony Gwynn nineteen struck out while people make even you watch out to be really good hitters. They may contact yell. Sure. You don't see him dropping and a lot of times. It's a ball just down at his feet or a hard slider. Something that's out of the zone words in his own. All of a sudden it breaks out. That's what usually those guys strike out at. But if it's an strike zone. They're putting the bat to the ball. Yes. It all the great players mauled or. Yeah. Brat. All those great call Saint players. Those guys hit they hit good with two strikes too. Big time, you know, and you know, what? I there's great hitters. Don't get me wrong. But it's a different game. Now. Nothing wrong with it. It's just the players that we played with in our air. Just doesn't understand that. They don't understand all the different things that are happening. It's more of an information highway, and you gotta learn it, and and get out there and plant. Yeah. It is. It's still the same game. Though. You guys, you know, that you got up command as a pitcher get the ball to the plate with three pitches and the hitter, you gotta hit, you know, you gotta make I believe that. I mean, if you can't go up there hit thirty home runs. What's a matter? That's what Astros do well because they they make a lot of contact who guys they'll they'll play the ball around on. We're speaking Jim Wilford on can be sports before we let you go. Jim. I know you were real close friends with Willie McCovey, and we're trying to get some some stories from players that knew him and you played with them. There were so many clips that I've seen you hug on them after game winning hit so many different things that you did tell us a little bit about your relationship with him. And. What it means to you? Well, it's so honored to be able to play with him as last season. I came in nineteen eighty Willie McCovey was just a great guy. And you know, he was very proud Willie back. The war started nineteen eighty glare. Her was the first award winner. He embellished what the game was about. And you know, he was a quiet leader. Yeah. That was such a great player. Humble. And he continued all the way to the end. And he's tournament. I was so honored him get playing his term until I got to play with the guy. I really do. I think a lot of people. He's a four decade player. Wasn't it four or five decade pretty much? Was very close. I asked Gary Lavelle earlier about when you think of Willie McCovey do you think of an offense a player or defensive player? What do you think? I saw at the end. But but when I saw I was there at the World Series game. He hit that line drive. Bobby Rishard my dad took me game. And you know answers from you know, that was unbelievable. Yeah. I always remember how far he could hit a ball. And I think he hit the ball farther left handed ever saw it. Yeah. I I mean, I saw him as a kid and Willie Mays and those were the best an Email Cepeda was really good. And it's true. And and us I mean, all the players that we mentioned in the last twenty minutes that you play along how many hall of famers that you were part of in friendships with and how many guys you could probably go the hall of fame and go I played with him. I played with them. You have a list of him going off your arm. I mean, it's true. And I can't be rose number eleven. I believe it should be in there and another guy hit also Mickey Lois. Oh, thank you very much. Mickey lola's. Yeah. About that. Yeah. He was it was tough bigtime three. I think games thirty. He did sixty six day. Yeah. Thank you for being our mystery Gaz Danny's telling me. Thanks. Bye. Bye. Manager for good friend of ours. Got you got you. When he heard his laugh, I thought for sure you know, I was blank, man. All right. We're going to be right back. Eight awake. Kmby are for the next half hour on the phone. 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