Sunday, April 22, 2007
I wish I had TiVo so I could go back and listen to this again, but in the seventh inning of the Sox-Yankees game tonight, Joe Morgan suddenly piped up with a question that has obviously been bothering him for quite some time.
If the rumors are correct, and Daisuke Matsuzaka throws six different types of pitches, how does Jason Varitek signal for all of them?
Really, Joe? Are you really asking this question? Are you joking? Please, tell me you're joking. Lie to me if necessary.
This may be incorrect, because I never played the game and therefore do not understand it the way Joe does, but isn't it possible that Varitek could use a combination of signs to call for a particular pitch? No? Okay.
My favorite part of the exchange came later, however, when Varitek threw down one finger and indicated that he wanted the ball on the outer part of the plate, prompting Joe to declare that this one would obviously be a fastball away. After Matsuzaka threw what appeared to be a cutter away (Jon Miller called it a cutter, anyway), Morgan decided that he "must have done that on his own." Because the sign that Varitek and Matsuzaka use for a cut fastball couldn't possibly be one finger. No way. It's much more likely that Matsuzaka decided to cross up his catcher, just for the hell of it.
Alright, I'm done playing Fire Joe Morgan now. Enjoy the game.
(Also noted: Matsuzaka hit Alex Rodriguez in the first inning because he doesn't know how to pitch inside yet. Do they not pitch inside in Japan?)
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