Chris Perez: “Thumb to the Thigh, Reach for the Sky.”
Indians All-Star closer Chris Perez gave a one-on-one pitching lesson to Indians fan James Taylor, Jr. on Tuesday. Taylor won the lesson through an Indians auction, which brought him and his family to Progressive Field to visit with Perez prior to the Indians game against Detroit.
Perez and Taylor started with long toss in centerfield as the two warmed up their arms. Perez taught him a game in which throws to the other’s chest are worth one point, and throws to the other’s face are worth two points.
After moving into the Indians bullpen, Perez offered Taylor advice on his two-seam fastball. Perez emphasized that even if you make a mistake with your fastball against one hitter, you can still throw it against the next guy. He said all pitches revolve around the fastball.
Perez walked Taylor through his mechanics and eventually taught him how to throw a curveball. Perez gave Taylor an easy way to remember how to throw the curveball. He said, “Thumb to the thigh, reach for the sky.”
With time and practice, Perez said, Taylor has a good chance at perfecting his curveball.
-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor