Brandon Webb finally put the final punctuation mark on his career that, at its peak, had him one of the best, if not the best pitcher in the major leagues. Let's look back and remember some of the most memorable elements in his career. Webb's first start: April 27, 2003 Note, I can't say "debut", since that actually came out of the bullpen five days previously, as he tidied up the final frame of a 4-0 loss to the Expos. Brad Wilkerson was the first batter he faced, and he put up a zero, around a walk, without allowing a ball out of the infield, on a K and two groundouts. But his true debut came against the Mets in New York City, in the opener of a double-header and was truly amazing. Over seven innings, Webb allowed only three hits and one walk, keeping the Mets scoreless while striking out 10. No pitcher has pitched seven shutout frames with double digit K's so early in their career since. Webb was optioned back to Triple-A before the night-cap, with Randy Johnson coming off the DL to start that game. Said manager Bob Brenly, "I think he understands it; he might not like it. He understands by his performance today, he moved to the top of the pecking order when it comes time to reach down again.'' That didn't take long: five days in fact. Johnson needed knee surgery, and Webb got the call to start the next time the slot in the rotation came up. Brandon never saw the minor leagues again.
Brandon Webb: A Remembrance
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