great baseball story from Tony Gwynn..catcher tells him every pitch that's coming........
P. Briscoe (Non running-dog anti-imperial anti-Bush unapologist name-changer; 22924)
Posted on: 10-07-2019 11:32.
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”...We were in Montreal one night, and Gary Carter's catching. I'm like 3-for-3, and I come up, and he says, "You know what, Tony? We've had no luck trying to trick you, so I'm just gonna tell you what's coming." And Doug Harvey's behind the plate. So Gary Carter says, "OK, T, here comes a fastball -- inner half." And I took it, because I didn't believe it. So that's strike one. And he smiles to himself.
I step back and I look at him and look at Doug, and I say, "Doug, he's not supposed to do that. He can't tell me what's coming."
He says, "There's nothing in the rulebook that says he can't."
And I say, "I don't want to know what's coming! I just want to react to what I see."
And Carter says, "Tony, breaking ball. We're gonna throw you a backdoor slider right here, you're going to have to stay on it to hit it."
And I'm going, "He ain't gonna throw no backdoor slider."
And it was, and Doug Harvey's yelling, "Steee-trike two!"
I say, "Wait a minute, Doug, he cannot tell me what's coming. You can't do that."
He says, "T, there's nothing in the rulebook."
So, he's got me 0-2, and now he's telling me everything. Curveball, fastball, slider. So I decide to react to what I see, and I ground out to short, and as I go back to the dugout, Carter's horse-laughing. And Doug Harvey's got a chaw in, and he's kind of sniggling, too. There was nothing I could say, but it was just horsecrap. They can't tell me what's coming. That's not fair, that's not baseball”
Edited by P. Briscoe at 10/7/2019 11:34:32 AM
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