Terry McNabb had an outstanding season for the Moose Jaw Miller Express.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Terry McNabb pitches against the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets Thursday at Ross Wells Park.
And he did it on a torn ligament in his throwing elbow.
“It was incredible medically. It could have went at any time, but he couldn’t do any more damage to it,” said Michael Hunt, head coach of the Express. “It was just about how much physical pain he could deal throughout the course of the season.”
For McNabb, this was his final season and he wanted to come and be a difference maker for this team.
“It gives you a bit more drive and makes you want to do the best and be a leader on the field and off the field,” he said. “I wanted to be a leader.”
McNabb posted an 8-1 record with an ERA of 2.48 over the course of the season. He also led the Western Major Baseball League with 73 strikeouts.
The mental aspect of playing with a blown out elbow was the biggest hurdle for McNabb.
“It was tough,” he said. “At the start of the year, I was able to throw my fastball, but it slowly deteriorated and it slowed down. It changed the whole aspect of the game. You just have to be a bit more crafty and keep people off balance.”
Hunt broke the news on McNabb’s elbow at the team’s award night on Tuesday. He stated that McNabb noticed pain in the second week of May, but since he couldn’t hurt it anymore, he decided to continue to play.
“Honestly, he didn’t throw a bullpen between his starts since the second week of the year,” said Hunt. “We had a conversation about it and it would stiffen up and tighten up on him to the point where he wouldn’t be able to throw for his starts.”
Hunt and McNabb were in constant communication about how he felt prior, during and after games. He promised to not say anything during the season, but “I think the guys and everyone needs to recognize what he did on just tatters of an elbow.”
The Davidson native took home co-MVP honours at the award night and was happy with his experience with the Express over the last four summers.
“It was awesome to be around this group of people. Everyone has always been welcoming and really nice and making me feel right at home,” he said. “It has been a great experience. We have a lot of young guys with a couple years left and it looks like they have a bright future ahead of them.”
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