First of all, Alan, tell our readers a little about your background. How did you become so passionate about long tossing and about arm care in general?
I’d say on the throwing side, as a kid growing up, I threw all the time. I loved throwing, whether it was a football, baseball. My buddies and I threw batting practice to each other all the time. I never thought of a throwing program growing up, I just knew that the more I threw, the better I felt. I just had a rubber arm. It was probably my first year in junior college when I was around another fellow pitcher, who was kind of the ace of our staff and a guy I looked up to. I probably threw it as far as I could, which I’m guessing was 300-plus (feet). We were from the left-field line to the right-center warning track basically. What I took from this guy — his name was Danny Gonzalez — he basically gave me a tip that when I start coming back in toward my partner, to just make sure I maintain the same effort as my furthest throw, and just start aiming lower and lower. What that did for me is it’s probably the first time someone put a face on some form of instruction or awareness of a certain style of throwing.