Allen the Ace

EVERETT, Wash.- It seems that in the game of baseball, pitchers, moreso than any other players, suffer from a bi-polar relationship with their fans. On any given night when a pitcher climbs the hill, he could emerge as his team's white knight or, just as easily, the black sheep. The only thing keeping a pitcher from permanently digressing into the latter is the desire to improve upon each performance, no matter how impressive or abysmal. AquaSox starter Nick Allen has that desire in spades.
July 30, 2005