Right-hander Jake Odorizzi’s new split/change pitch has been a buzzworthy topic in the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse since spring training. The weapon, taught to him by Rays right-hander Alex Cobb, has been dubbed "The Thing," and it’s one of the reasons why the 24-year-old broke into the Rays rotation as their No. 5 starter with right-hander Jeremy Hellickson out because of arthroscopic elbow surgery.
Odorizzi pulled off a clever move Friday, revealing that he bought T-shirts for him and Cobb in honor of "The Thing." Of course, he chose "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" of Dr. Seuss’ "The Cat in the Hat" fame.