The fights came strictly from on-field disputes. “It was usually about shakin’ him off, or he’d say, ‘Your stuff is weaker than you think it is.’ We’d disagree on fundamental things about how to get guys out a lot of times.”
But when Lee was in a first-and-third jam, there wasn’t a chance in hell that Fisk would bust out a funny joke. “Pudge was dead serious,” he says. “As serious as a heart attack.” So no Zen koans from his catcher meant to clear his mind?
“Nothin’ Zen came out of Pudge’s brain,” says Lee. “You gotta realize, I was a little bit brighter than most of ’em. Not that I’m braggin’ — that’s not saying much: saying you’re brighter than a catcher is like saying you’re brighter than a friggin’ fence post.”
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