Chat with David Cone
Cone pitched a perfect game on July 18, 1999.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, we'll have five-time World Series champion David Cone stopping by to chat about the final month of the MLB season and the work he's doing with the Red Cross.
Cone, the 1994 Cy Young winner with the Kansas City Royals, won four championships with the New York Yankees (1996, 1998-2000) and one with the Toronto Blue Jays (1992). He finished his career 194-126 with a 3.46 ERA.
Cone is working with MLB and Bayer Advanced Asprin to try and raise $1 million for the American Red Cross. If 30 strikes are thrown 100 MPH or faster between Sept. 14-20, Bayer will donate $1 million to the Red Cross. Bayer will also put up $2 for every $1 pledged at SpeedUpYourRelief.com up to $50,000.
Send your questions now and join Cone Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:28 PM)
David Cone will be here in minutes to take your questions!
Buzzmaster (2:29 PM)
David is here!
David...if you were still pitching today, how many pitches do you think you could contribute to this 100 MPH campaign?
David Cone (2:30 PM)
That would tough. Really tough! Even back in my Mets days in the 80s, I don't think I could have gotten it up to 100. Maybe Doc Gooden.
Albert Sohn (Stony Brook, NY)
What's the favorite thing you've done since you've retired?
David Cone (2:30 PM)
The favorite thing that I have done is to go to Ireland to play golf. It was my first trip to Ireland. I just loved the country and the golf courses over there.
Was the 9-pitch 3 strikeout inning the filthiest stuff you ever had, total control.... or was it just a matter of things coming together for a tiny window of time.
David Cone (2:31 PM)
It was sort of a perfect storm. You have the right batters up there. A moment in time where you feel like all of your stuff is really sharp. You want to throw it where you want to.
adam (s. jersey)
Who was your favorite catcher to work with?
David Cone (2:32 PM)
I really enjoyed pitching to Joe Girardi. We had that perfect game together. Back with the Mets, we had a guy Charlie O'Brien that was excellent defensively.
How clearly can you still remember that perfect game?
David Cone (2:33 PM)
The game itself is still a little blurry. I remember the ending of the game. The last couple of innings. I remember Knoblach's great play up the middle on a would be hit. I remember Ricky Leday almost missing the ball in the sun in the ninth inning very well.
Did you enjoy your time with the Royals? We loved having you there!
David Cone (2:33 PM)
Yeah. I'm a KC native. I was a huge Royals fan growing up. Getting the chance to be on the same team with George Brett was quite a thrill for a KC kid.
David, how did you get involved with this 30-strike program?
David Cone (2:35 PM)
My agent teamed me up with the makers of Bayer. I know a little bit about pain, so I was interested in their Advanced Asprin product. I was impressed with their year long campaign they've had going on that's culminating with their $1 million challenge this week. There's something about the 100MPH figure. If we can get 30 strikes at 100 MPH in the next week, we can get the million dollars to the Red Cross. That's worth a shot.
Who would u pick to start game 2 for the Yanks.
David Cone (2:36 PM)
I would probably pick Colon. Although I would probably have Nova start at home rather than on the road, if I could. If that was the case, then Nova might be my starter if the first two are at home. Certainly, I would go Sabathia, Colon, Nova right now.
David, I love how you always talk about advanced sabermetrics while broadcasting. How have they changed your understanding of the game?
David Cone (2:37 PM)
I actually had used some sabermetrics during arbitration cases during the early 90s when I was with the Mets. I saw the value early on in predicting things. I love the numbers of the game. It seems the brightest mathematicians are drawn to the game. Even those that don't understand the game much. Especially for a starting pitcher because sometimes a W/L record doesn't tell the whole story.
Steve (New York)
Dave, any chance the Rays catch the Red Sox? The fans at Cone-way are getting restless....
David Cone (2:38 PM)
I would definitely watch out for the Rays right now. they have an ability to get hot. They believe in themselves. I would take them very seriously.
Juliana (South Philly)
What batter gave you the biggest trouble? I remember you getting Piazza out in 2000, do you remember the pitch you threw him? Thanks
David Cone (2:39 PM)
I do remember the pitch. I actually got him out on a fastball on the inside corner that he popped up. That was after two or three sliders in a row. I felt lucky to get him out in that spot. The guy who I thought gave me the most trouble was Ken Griffey Jr. in his prime. He had that natural uppercut swing and tons of power.
Jorge Reyes (Stony Brook, NY)
If you hadn't played baseball, which sport would you have played?
David Cone (2:40 PM)
Well, nothing professionally, that's for sure. I played basketball and football in high school. I'm not sure I would have been good enough at another sport to play pro. Maybe at the small college level.
What's your most vivid memory of the perfect game?
David Cone (2:41 PM)
Probably the most vivid memory I would have would be Leday's play in the ninth inning. It looked as if he had lost sight of the ball halfway to the outfield and someway the ball found his glove. That little moment of hesitation when he was going to catch that flyball.
Rich (Bayonne, NJ)
Hey David, I was a big fan of yours for your entire career. Did you ever consider being a pitching coach? The one thing I remember most about you, other than your great stuff, is grinding out starts when you didn't have your best stuff and never giving in. I think there are a lot of pitchers that could use that guile these days.
David Cone (2:42 PM)
I have thought about it. It takes a big committment to first of all go back to the minor leagues and learn how to become a pitching coach and then try to make it back to the major leagues. I have thought about it and I wouldn't rule it out in the future.
Was it disappointing to be traded away from KC?
David Cone (2:43 PM)
Initially it was very disappointing. I was a hometown kid that was hoping to play for the Royals. In retrospect it was a blessing to go to NY and play for the Mets.
What is the difference between your "Laredo" slider and a traditional slider?
David Cone (2:43 PM)
It's all based on arm angle. The Laredo is more of a sidearm delivery and the traditional slider is more of an over the top. It helps you change the angle.
David Cone (2:44 PM)
Go to SpeedUpYourRelief.com. Bayer will donate $2 for ever $1 donated for up to $50,000. Let's see if we can turn up the heat and get that $1 million donated to the American Red Cross.
Buzzmaster (2:46 PM)