Dan Haren had a good major league career. He won 153 games in 13 years for eight teams, including the 2013 Nationals. Haren is one of a few pitchers to beat each of the 30 major league teams.
In October he announced his retirement. On Monday, Haren took to Twitter to reminisce about his most interesting career.
Haren was working out on his exercise bike, and began with this gem: “I went into almost every start the last few years thinking... How the hell am I gonna get these guys out.”
That was sure to give teammates on the Nationals, Dodgers, Marlins and Cubs, teams he played for from 2013-15 some pause.
Besides show a lack of confidence in himself, @ithrow88 also admitted pilots occasionally frightened him.
“There was at least 3-4 times I thought the team plane was gonna crash.”
Now there’s something passengers who don’t fly on team charters can identify with.
Few pitchers like working at Colorado. Haren allowed 19 home runs in 68 innings.
“I would count out the days about a month in advance to see if I was gonna pitch in Coors field,” he tweeted.
Haren also disclosed he liked to have two glasses of wine the night before he pitched. He also mentioned that he gave up 11 runs once in Toronto and won, and that he hit five to seven batters intentionally.
While he was in the confessing mode, he disclosed even more trade secrets.
“I gave up so many homers cause I didn't wanna walk people. That and cause I threw 85 mph meatballs sometimes.”
Haren promises to do better on his last promise.
“My threat to retire didn’t quite work last offseason,” he says.
The Orioles are looking for a fifth starter, and levity in the clubhouse is always welcome.