Mitch Williams was fun to watch pitch. You never knew what "Wild Thing" would do. He could walk the bases loaded or strike out the side...in the same inning! I don't know if he ever had an easy, "Mariano-like" save. Drama was at its highest with Williams on the mound.
Anyway, I would have never thought back then that Williams would become a baseball analyst. A good one too. Of all the top notch analysts on the MLB Network, Williams is my favorite. I love his sense of humor, his easy going demeanor, the way he breaks things down in a simple to comprehend manner and he speaks well. Who knew?
Maybe Williams is a good analyst because he's grounded. The guy gave up a World Series winning home run to Joe Carter in 1993. He could have let that be the defining moment of his life. A lot of guys who give up monumental home runs can't live it down. Donnie Moore comes to mind. But Williams took it in stride. I've not heard any stories about that home run being the ruination of Mitch Williams. The Phillies wouldn't have been in that position anyway without Williams.
From "Wild Thing" to ace baseball analyst. Wow. Didn't see that one coming.