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Tom Seaver once asked a crowd of reporters, "What is the most important pitch in baseball?"
He got a variety of answers : change-up, fastball, curveball, one wise guy even called out spitter.
He said it was the fastball.
He then asked, "What is the second most important pitch in baseball?"
Again he got a variety of answers.
And again, he said fastball...
The fastball is certainly the most important pitch in the game. It sets up and builds the foundation for all other pitches!