Baggarly: It all clicked: Cain, Righetti look back on unique relationship

From Andrew Baggarly at the San Jose Mercury News on September 7, 2017:

Matt Cain and Dave Righetti are approaching the logical end of their dozen-year professional relationship — an extraordinary stretch of continuity between a right-hander and his major league pitching coach.

It only makes sense: their fondest memories of one another involve throwing things.

Righetti won’t forget the time that he noticed Cain, as a 20-year-old “bull in a china closet,” beginning his long toss routine to get ready for a start. Most pitchers throw parallel to the warning track. Cain was perpendicular. Righetti knew that wasn’t how it was supposed to be done, but hmmpfh, okay. Part of coaching is letting players learn their own lessons. So Righetti didn’t say anything. In retrospect, he wishes he would have. How could he have known that Cain would air a throw into the bleachers and hit a fan in the head?

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Originally published: September 7, 2017. Last Updated: September 7, 2017.