Baseball legend Dave Stieb has given an interesting interview discussing his reputation as a bit of a hot-head during his time with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Those with an interest in baseball stats, history and betting on baseball online will no doubt be aware that Stieb still hold the records for wins, starts, innings pitched, shutouts, strikeouts and complete games with the Blue Jays, while he’s also in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
The former right-handed starting pitcher admits he had high standards that made him a bit of a pain for his team-mates at times, as he would sometimes lay into them for not living up to his expectations and demands that he had on himself.
Stieb explains, however, that that’s just part of his winning mentality and driven attitude once he’s out there on the field.
“I was an intense competitor. I wanted to be the best. When I approached a start, my attitude was that I have to win. There’s no losing. There’s no doing bad,” he said.
“I’ve got to perform because that’s my little window of opportunity to play on that field.”
Stieb admits he could rub his fellow players up the wrong way and soon realised that wasn’t necessarily the best way to be, and that he had to learn to accept that others who weren’t quite at his level would sometimes make mistakes.
“When you’re like that, certain things happen, and in the spur of the moment you react in a wrong way because you’re so wound up. You want it so bad,” he said.
“I wasn’t used to having my results rest in other people’s hands. That was one of the things I didn’t like about being a pitcher. I can only control the pitch I throw, after that it’s out of my hands.
“When I was an outfielder, if I struck out, it was on me. If I made a bad catch or a bad throw, it was on me. Now, I’ve got these seven guys behind me and catcher in front of me that I have to count on.
“I did a couple of bad things where I showed up my team-mates because their play wasn’t up to my calibre, but I learned quickly that you can’t do that stuff.
“You can’t react that way. They’re going to make errors, they’re going to make mistakes. And I kind of got a bad rap for that in the beginning.”