There is no player in the major leagues that more people have been rooting for him than Dontrelle Willis. One of the most likable players in the league that past several seasons, Willis had fallen on hard times the past two years, last year in particular. He lost the ability to consistently find the strike zone and it was almost like he forgot how to pitch. After a long road and much futility, Willis one-hit the mighty hitting Rangers for six and a third innings.
Willis walked two and threw 61 strikes and 40 balls during the game. While that is not spectacular command, he did strike out five. The only hit the Rangers delivered in the entire game was a Michael Young double to deep right in the first inning.
Time will tell if Willis can consistently do the job. But tonight was fun and though the Fan didn't watch the game, he could picture the big smile on Dontrelle's face: that same smile that made him such a fan favorite.