Until he allowed a run last night, former Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Habyan had not allowed one since July 15, a scoreless streak of 20 2/3 innings. The streak has helped him move into the No. 2 slot in the New York Yankees bullpen.
The secret to his success?
Part of it can be traced to a January day in 1989, when Habyan went sledding in Bel Air.
He skidded on an icy patch and went flying 10 feet. He landed on his right shoulder and suffered a third-degree separation.
"I was scared because no other pitchers ever had this," Habyan, 27, said. "I didn't know if I would be able to pitch again. I put the fear behind me because I wanted to pitch."