In 1965, the Dodgers’ “Don Drysdale”:http://www.baseball-reference.com/d/drysddo01.shtml homered off Al Jackson on Opening Day at Shea. Mets lost, 6-1.
I only saw Drysdale pitch on TV, which obviously isn’t the same. He seemed like such a pleasant guy when he was broadcasting, but Joe Torre said he was nothing like that on the mound, that he had a mean streak a mile wide.
Going back to what I said about Oliver Perez needing to get mad, here’s what Drysdale once said: “I hate all hitters. I start a game mad and I stay that way until it’s over.”
Mickey Mantle said this about Drysdale: “I hated to bat against Drysdale. After he hit you he’d come around, look at the bruise on your arm and say, ‘Do you want me to sign it?'”