It happened against Dave Righetti. When asked by reporters if it had ever happened to me before, I responded with "yeah, there are people back home washing cars who did it to me." Years later when I was traded to the Yankees, Ron Guidry put a copy of that article above Dave Righetti's locker.
Bert Blyleven. He struck me out 3 times the first time I faced him. It was with 5 o'clock shadows at Cleveland's old stadium. He struck out 16 that day. I told myself he'd never get me again. From then on, I did well against him.
My family for all of your support. My teachers for having the patience with me while I was in school. My driving instructor (20 speeding tickets.. what?) My doctors for keeping me semi-healthy. My friends, here's to you... cheers! To the fans who cheered me on. I'm sorry I couldn't be the hero every night. I tried and really wanted to.