Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009 | 3:11 p.m.
Did you know that Detroit Tigers pitcher Eddie Bonine is the son of Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association executive director Eddie Bonine?
And that he almost pitched the Tigers into the baseball playoffs?
I know, the timing of this blog is a little weird, considering the Tigers have been playing golf for a couple of weeks after blowing like a 19-game lead to the Twins during the final week of the season.
But it wasn't young Bonine's fault. He pitched five innings to beat Carl Pavano and the Twins on Sept. 30. In the start before that, he threw five no-hit innings against Jake Peavy and the White Sox before somebody made an error and somebody hit a homer and young Bonine was saddled with the loss.
In 10 appearances with the Tigers this season Bonine was 1-1 with a 4.46 ERA, walking 12 and striking out 19 in 34 innings while yielding 40 hits.
Even cooler than any of this is he is one of the few pitchers who still throws a knuckleball.
“There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them works.”
-- Charlie Lau