Raw interview footage with Mark--the Bird--Fidrych, former pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, for the TNT special Once a Star. Includes his experience of watching the 1984 World Series, Lance Parrish, the differences between A, AA, AAA, and major league baseball, and an anecdote about psychological intimidation with Claudell Washington.
00:05Copy video clip URL Color bars and audio of production introducing segment. They’re with Fidrych on Memorial Field baseball diamond in Northborough, MA.
1:02Copy video clip URL Shot of Fidrych walking around the bench of the old baseball diamond, walking toward the pitching mound. Once there, he says, “This is where Mark Fidrych lived and died.”
2:25Copy video clip URL On mound, Fidrych is talking about how pitchers are a dime a dozen. He describes the rotation between the major league and the triple a teams, and how quickly some can come up and go back down. He gives an anecdote about a fellow pitcher losing his talent for psychological reasons.
9:53Copy video clip URL They talk about the Tigers winning the World Series in 1984 and Lance Parrish, the only player left from 1976, Fidrych’s era.
13:01Copy video clip URL Fidrych makes the comparison between rookie, A, AA, and AAA ball– double plays and diving catches were unseen in rookie and A ball.
15:00Copy video clip URL He talks about filling in the holes in the pitching mound.
16:48Copy video clip URL He describes various kinds of psychological games and intimidation between players using an anecdote of pitching against Claudell Washington.
20:02Copy video clip URL End of tape.