Ross Ohlendorf made his debut with the Nats last night and pitched a gem. But it was his windup that had everyone talking.
Here it is, via @recordsANDradio:
James Wagner calls it a “confluence of moving parts,” and attempted to put the windup into words.
He stands with his back foot near the third base side of the rubber, rocks on his left foot and swings both arms back behind his body. The windup delivery was new this season, an old suggestion from a Pirates coach when he played for Pittsburgh.
Some called it “old school,” others “vintage,” but almost everyone agreed that it was entertaining.
Ross Ohlendorf delivering pitches from 1950 apparently.
— Half St Heart Attack (@HalfStreetHeart) June 13, 2013
0_0 — Dan P. (@ThatStatBoy) June 13, 2013
I hope Ohlendorf sticks around for a while just so I can keep watching that windup #nats
— Tyler Brown (@BrownTyler) June 13, 2013
Whoa! Ross Ohlendorf of the Washington Nationals has a windup straight outta the 1920s #turningbacktheclock
— John Collard (@jayemcollard) June 13, 2013
ohlendorf’s wind-up looks like he’s about to perform a gold medal gymnastics routine
— Cindy (@nugget_hopkins) June 13, 2013
— Jen Jarvis (@hokie98jj) June 13, 2013
With the motion Ohlendorf has we should be watching this game in black and white.
— James O’Hara (@nextyeardc) June 13, 2013
Wait, is Ross Ohlendorf drunk? Does he always wind up like that? Can we keep him forever?
— Jack Kogod (@Unsilent) June 13, 2013
After the game, Ohlendorf explained his style and why it works for him.
“It helps me, gives me rhythm and it helps me stay loose and the ball has been coming out well pitching that way,” he said.