Diamondbacks righthander Brandon McCarthy, who attended Cheyenne Mountain and Lamar Community College, returns to Colorado Springs “every other year or so,” usually for Thanksgiving. His wife, Amanda, has family in the Springs.
“Growing up there, I didn’t like the cold. The days where it snowed, I liked. The days where it’s not snowing but it’s still cold, that sucks. Then you realize it’s gray and (dumb) and I don’t like this,” McCarthy said in his usual straightforward manner today in the Diamondbacks clubhouse at Salt River Fields.
“But the summer — we always say that if we could move somewhere in the summer, it would be back in Colorado. Perfect weather every day, 2 o’clock storm, perfect. We were back there a couple years ago and I remember saying, ‘Now we remember how much we like this place.’”
I’m simply pleased he’s pitching again. Here’s why. Wrote a column for Monday’s Gazette about McCarthy’s return to the mound after the unsettling incident on Sept. 5 of last season.
What stood out to me in our conversation: McCarthy wants mandatory helmets like he wants another line drive to the dome.
He’s more about personal accountability and less about more regulation. Great minds, Brandon.
“I don’t think about it (the possibility of another incident). I don’t anticipate anything cropping up,” McCarthy said. “I’ve thrown my BPs and there was nothing. I treat it just like any other day.”
“She constantly updates me: ‘I’m at 26,000 followers.’ I think people relate to hers because hers is about every-day, normal things,” Brandon said. “I’m more cynical. It’s the way she talks in real life. And mine is the way we talk in real life. They are pretty accurate reflections of who we are.”
Today’s roundup from Salt River Fields:
-Column on Brandon McCarthy.
-Sunday notebook on the Rockies.