"I've never gone into a spring training where I didn't know who the first three starters were going to be. They might not have been the quality that we wanted, but we knew the first three. And then, it was a question, always, of who four and five were going to be. Or, in the good years, it was just who the fifth starter was going to be. I've never been to a spring training where we knew who one of the five was going to be, and he won one game and made eight starts last year. [So we decided to give Eddie Feigner a shot. Yes, we are aware that he died a few days ago, but shoot, we're talking about the greatest fast-pitch softball pitcher who every lived! A legend! He once threw a pitch 104 MPH! Are you kidding me!? Have you looked at the list of the OTHER guys who will be reporting to camp on Tuesday? Are you kidding me?! Hell, even I haven't heard of half these guys! I'll take my chances with Feigner."
(Jim Bowden, via Washington Post, 02/11/2007)
Desperate NAAAts hope to coax Eddie "The King" Feigner to Viera.
According to multiple sources outside of the organization, the Washington Nationals have invited softball pitching legend Eddie Feigner to report to camp with pitchers and catchers in Viera on Tuesday. Feigner died on Friday, February 9th. (In a 1967 exhibition game, he struck out Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson, Willie McCovey, Maury Wills and Harmon Killebrew consecutively!?)
Feigner, above, unavailable for comment.
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