The beleaguered Bucco hurler said he has tried to reach out to Starrett on a number of occasions. He now regrets his actions. “One time I caught him wearing my glove, pounding a ball in the web. I told him a ball is a tool. No better or no worse than any other tool. An axe, a shovel, a gun, or anything. A ball is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.” Youmans thinks his act of kindness may have created a deep and abiding devotion in a young, impressionable fan. “I’ll never make that mistake again, believe me.”
Leaving the clubhouse last night forty-five minutes after a 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Youmans was immediately accosted by a group of autograph hounds. He patiently signed them all, until he saw Starrett’s face in the crowd. “Oh God, kid, will you give me a break?” he pleaded, before turning on his heal and walking away. “Shane, come back! Come back, Shane!” yelled Starrett before Pirate security escorted him from the premises.