Hitting the Ump in the Face With a Fastball Seems More Effective Than Simply Arguing

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↵My initial reaction to this video was that the heater to the ump’s facemask was unintentional. The catcher set-up low and away for a curveball and the pitcher threw a fastball. It was a simple mix-up. That seems to be what the coach of the Stephens County, GA high school team claims occurred. But, after reading the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s story about the incident, perhaps it was on purpose. ↵

↵ ↵The pitcher, Cody Martin, and his brother, Ethan, had been arguing with the ump all game, according to the guy doing the play-by-play. (And, really? Play-by-play for a high school baseball game? They take their amateur hardball seriously in Georgia.): ↵

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↵⇥"Those two, the pitcher and his brother, the entire game had been riding the umpire about balls and strikes, and [Ethan Martin] got rung up in the top of the fourth, so that was payback in the bottom of the fourth. I don't know what was going through their heads, but when you see a catcher go to his right, it's like 'Good God!'" ↵
↵So, if it was payback, bravo to the Martin bros and catcher Matt Hill. That was hilarious, and also way better than just arguing with the ump. This way you get your point across and inflict pain without even getting thrown out of the game. Genius.
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↵(H/T: Walk Off Walk)↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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