So, what a ballclub needs to get out of a slump is a good pitcher, and when one regular pitcher reported out with bronchitis and another said his back was sore, the team turned to a rookie without one inning of big-league experience, Mike Wright. All Wright did was, he pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings as the team beat the Angels, 3-0.
Now, you might expect that Wright might have been a trifle jittery before making his major-league debut. He said he was a little nervous in the first inning, and then settled in for the rest of a great day.
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"The Wright Stuff" joke
Here is the secret, one I'm glad to pass along to those of you still employed in situations bound to make one jumpy: Instead of sitting in the locker room with the rest of the team, hearing all the baseball team chattering and getting all worked up, Wright took a book and sat reading in the vacant stands. Several hours later, some fan sat in the very seat once occupied by the man the fan was watching pitch so well!
And the book that Wright, a graduate of East Carolina University was reading? “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows,” the last of the tripartite novel series by J.K. Rowling.
Wright says he has always stayed in the habit of reading in the stands before a game, and also says he has read all the Harry Potter books at least three times.
Let's hope the next book he reads will be that sensational best seller "Adam Jones and The Coconut Cream Pie of Victory."