Trevor Bauer has always been considered an eccentric guy when it comes to his pitching approach. Those eccentricities have rubbed his employers the wrong way in the past, which suggests that Bauer can be pretty hard-headed when it comes to the way he does things.
One need look no further than a Twitter conversation Bauer had with a fan on Tuesday evening, hours after the Cleveland Indians right-hander allowed three runs -- all on back-to-back-to-back homers from highly touted Chicago Cubs youngsters Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant -- in his second outing of the spring.
@BauerOutage Honest question, man. Do you ever feel like you're overthinking on the mound? Carrasco attributes success to not overthinking.— Corey Trevor (@Brill_Grates) March 10, 2015
I suppose I can see why the question struck a nerve, but that's far from the worst thing a fan could tweet at Bauer. The tweet probably could have been phrased better, but it's Twitter; sometimes it's hard to say things the right way when limited to 140 characters.
Speaking of 140 characters, Bauer's response was about eight or nine times that amount. That's a lot to take in, so here is the consolidated (and slightly edited-for-grammar) version of what the 24-year-old former top prospect had to say:
"I know that question shouldn't make me mad but it kinda does. That term 'over-thinking' is so annoying. What does that even mean? So, if an intelligent person explains why he's doing something and no one else understands it's over-thinking. But if I say I'm not thinking on the mound and give up a run, then everyone will say, 'well maybe you should think on the mound.' It's such an oversimplification of a complex issue. Obviously you have to think on the mound. If I have success, great. If not, I am over-thinking. And I'm doing nothing different, just the results change. So what gives? Now if someone said I was activating my prefrontal cortex or trying to run a bottom-up system from the top down, then we might be able to have a productive discussion, but I challenge you to even define what over-thinking is. Where's the line? How do you even quantify something like that? It's just a way for fans who have no idea why something is happening to sound like they know something when they don't."
Bauer might have over-thought that response, and possibly exploded the head of the person who asked the question. The fan later explained his question in detail. Bauer's reply?
"I know your question wasn't loaded at all or meant in poor taste. Just sick of that term. People throw it around all the time and have no idea what I actually do."
Hooray for happy endings ... ?