IN JULY reigning
National League Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb, 28, lost three consecutive
decisions to fall to 8--8. His response? Forty-two straight scoreless innings
and six straight wins. With a 16--10 record and a 2.99 ERA through Sunday, the
sinkerballing Webb, a self-described "country boy" from Ashland, Ky.,
is in the hunt for another Cy Young—and had the Diamondbacks leading the NL
On winning last
year's Cy Young Award
I was at home in the garage cleaning up, when one of the baseball writers
called. My wife [Alicia] answered, and we were yelling and screaming. Then we
got another call and were told that we had to roll out to Arizona in two hours
for press conferences. It was a hassle, but you know, I wouldn't mind doing it
There was definitely a lot of luck involved. When the ball was hit hard, it was
always hit at somebody, and our defense was incredible. The guys were like,
"I'm feeling some pressure. I don't want to screw this up." And so they
were bearing down on every pitch.
In some ways I was relieved. I don't like the limelight. Things are back to
guitar, which he does in the clubhouse before starts
In high school I picked up this video that showed you where to put your
fingers, showed you different chords. I studied that thing, man. The songs were
ridiculous, like When the Saints Go Marching In. To this day, when I hear that,
I picture the guy in that video.
On pitching a
2006 spring training game hours after daughter, Reagan, his only child, was
She came a little after a midnight. That morning everyone was sleeping, so I
was like, Hey, I might as well shoot over and pitch. I still had to wear that
bracelet they give the dads so you can go into the nursery, but once I got on
the mound, I did decent. That's what they tell me, anyway. I hardly remember a
Quiet. We stick around the house or go see family. If we want to go to a nice
restaurant, we drive 20 minutes into West Virginia, to Huntington. At home I
don't get recognized a whole lot, or if I do people are low-key. That's nice.
In Phoenix it's totally the opposite.
I've got seven acres in Kentucky, three acres fenced in. I have a pretty sweet
lawn mower, and I like going out and relaxing and mowing. It takes an hour,
hour and a half. I don't even know what I think about out there.
On 2004, his
second season, when he led the NL in losses (16) and walks (119) as Arizona
lost 111 games
Painful. I started trying to be too fine, to pitch around contact and strike
everybody out. I finally learned you've got to let them hit the ball. Be
People ask my secret. There is no secret. It's all arm action. You either have
it or you don't. Even I'm surprised sometimes the way the ball moves. In '03 or
'04 a batter swung at a pitch and it hit him in the chest.