Former MLB pitchers hold Q&A sessions at FanFest
During a question-and-answer session Friday at FanFest, a five-day event that coincides with the All-Star game each year, the former Angels pitcher was charged with answering fans' questions. He took a break between responses to field guesses on the amount of strikeouts he had in the lone no-hitter of his nine-year career.
One fan said 16, and another guessed five. Then there was the kid who said zero. Everyone laughed.
Wright's response: "You missed it by one, son."
The only player to strike out against Wright was the same batter who almost ended the no-hitter in the seventh inning with a 400-foot shot to center field: Reggie Jackson.
"He got me a few times, too," Wright said.
Sporting his trademark handlebar mustache, Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers also held a Q&A.
A reliever with Oakland, San Diego and Milwaukee during his 17-year career, Fingers helped to pioneer the role of closer.
During his session, Fingers discussed growing up as a Dodgers fan and offered thoughts on the huge salaries that closers command today.
“I just wish I was playing now,” he said.
Fingers also offered advice to kids who may want to become pitchers.
"You need three things to pitch in the big leagues: control, control and control," he said. "If you don't have those three, you can probably get by with two of them."
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