Quiet Bedard makes noise

O's pitcher hushes critics with 15 wins

September 26, 2006|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter

In Erik Bedard's perfect world, he would perform in near anonymity, far away from fickle baseball fans and the critical and curious glare of the media. He'd take the ball every five days, pitch as long as his powerful left arm would allow and then he'd go home, the outing - whether good or bad - staying behind in the clubhouse for others to analyze.

There would be no second-guessing the 2-2 fastball that he threw to Alex Rodriguez in the sixth inning, no close examination of his slumped shoulders when he walked off the mound after getting out of a bases-loaded jam. The numbers, whatever they were on that day, would stand for themselves.

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