By: Nick Wells
I love this move by Zack Greinke. I get that some players have to take a certain plate approach to each swing and all, but if you’re going to take an hour to pat your chest, spit out a sunflower seed or two, and twirl your bat around like you’ve got nothing better to do, the game should go on with or without you. Francisco Cervelli is trying to make his at-bat last until first pitch of the next day’s game but Greinke is having NONE of it. Zack slings a fastball down the middle as soon as Cervilli finishes his pre-pitch ritual of putting ear-buds in and listening to the entire live version of Free Bird before making an entrance in the batter’s box. The ump calls time once again because of reasons unknown to me, he seemed ready and set for the pitch no matter how quickly it came. The next pitch (which can be seen in the thread of the tweet above), was a curveball that sent Cervelli back to the dugout, so all that time was wasted for nothing. Very inconsiderate to the kids at this game with a bedtime Francisco.
I’m writing this blog because I have a personal vendetta against time-wasting in baseball. I was recently at my 12-year old brother’s baseball game where they have a one-hour time limit to finish 6 innings. There’s about 15 minutes left of time and the opposing team starts to deliberately waste time up 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth. With each pitch, their coach would encourage the kids to take a nice stroll down the third base line and back, take no less than 30 practice swings, and receive extensive signals that have no real meaning to the players other than their coach is just attempting to tap his head and rub his stomach simultaneously. It’s just infuriating that umpires are allowing this to happen from the little league field to this MLB ump that had enough time in between Cervelli’s approaches to call his wife and tell her he won’t be home until late.
Shout out to @PitchingNinja for putting this sequence in .gif form and spotlighting the filthiest pitches in the game today, go give him a follow if you want to fall down a pitching .gif rabbit-hole and not get anything done.
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