Well I had a pretty bad expirience today, might as well vent.
It was a big, big game for us. 6-3 in a fairly dissapointing first half, thats really bad for our team, and the league leaders at 8-1 coming in. I’m one of the top three pitchers in the league, going against the other one of the top three. Hes a really solid pitcher, tall, lanky, good stuff, going D1 on a scholarship. Good kid too. Anyway, heres the shit that got me angry-
1- Hes getting calls 6 inches off the plate, and with his command, he lived out there all day and our hitters could do next to nothing with it.
2- I was getting squeezed terribly from inning 1 on pitches on the black, inside and out I probably had about 13 of the 17 inches of the plate to throw too. I dealt with it ok because I have some very good stuff, but all the same, it made me fall behind alot of guys on pitches that most umps call strikes.
3- 3 of my 4 walks involved 3-2 counts, where I threw ATLEAST two borderline strikes in the atbat with 2 strikes. In the fifth inning, I threw a 3-2 changeup that came RIGHT BACK OVER THE MIDDLE. This pitch was perfect, the batter swore and took a step towards the duggout, and then realized he hadn’t struck out. It was ridiculous.
4- The ump is the opposing pitchers summer coach, how is that not a clear bias to the other team… he couldn’t have atleast done the bases?
5- Despite all this, the only time I even showed I was upset in the slightest with the call was on the 3-2 change, as anyone would have. I don’t make a habit of getting angry with umps, because really it doesn’t do a shred of good for you, but it was just such a terrible, terrible call that I showed a little emotion.
We ended up losing 4-0, I threw pretty well given the circumstances and there was a pass ball with the bases loaded in the fifth, followed by a bad throw, that let two in. So it should have been 2-0, but ended up 4-0 when i came out. My line was like 5 innings, 3 hits, 4 walks, 7 or 8 K’s. Not bad, but just dissapointing to me.
I know that thats baseball, sometimes you get the shitty end of the deal, and i’m sure I’ve been on the opposite end more than a couple time in my career as well, but all the same, its not fun.
Oh well, just wanted to vent a bit.