Yankeeography: Moments of Glory featuring Ron Guidry's 18-strikeout performancePremieres Wed. June 18 at 11:00 p.m. immediately following Yankees Post Game
Guidry won the American League Cy Young Award in 1978, in only his second full season in the majors, after finishing with a 25-3 record, a 1.74 ERA, and 248 strikeouts. He recorded a league-leading nine shutouts and held hitters to a .193 batting average during the regular season, playing a huge role as the Yankees marched to their second straight World Series championship.
In addition to highlights of Guidry's masterful performance that night, Wednesday's special will also feature:
- Interviews with not only Guidry, but also his Yankees teammates Lou Piniella, Willie Randolph, Sparky Lyle and Chris Chambliss, as well as Don Baylor, who batted against Guidry that evening while playing for the Angels.
- Discussion of how Guidry struggled the previous season, alternating between the starting rotation and the bullpen, and nearly getting traded from the Yankees
- Guidry also explains that he was close to simply giving up on baseball in 1976 after being demoted to the Yankees' AAA team in Syracuse. It was only after his wife, Bonnie, challenged him to fight through the adversity that he decided to stick it out.
- Discussion of how Lyle showed him how to throw a slider in 1976, which changed his fortunes and eventually became his signature pitch.
- Ironically, Guidry admits to not having a very good warm-up in the bullpen prior to the game, as he had difficulty finding the strike zone. The Yankees offense gave him the lead early in the game, though, and after receiving a pep talk from catcher Thurman Munson, the rest was history
- Many people credit Guidry's incredible strikeout performance against the Angels as the launching of fans giving standing ovations when a pitcher has two strikes on a batter, and ample video supports this claim.