I would repeatedly say, “don’t think out there – pitch!”
For whatever reason, pitchers get into these head games and it’s a @#$%! to get them out of it. This game has enough dynamics to it without injecting… “hey, did he just scratch himself just to insult me?” And all kinds of other crap.
Randy Johnson did a stare down once in a game to every batter that he faced who struck out. Why? That kind of BS just adds an element that has no purpose to manage, coach, and worse of all gets a payback mentality (there’s a joke– ball players with a mentality) that gets out of hand real quick.
In all white pro ball, there was a prescient set back in the early 1900’s, to act a certain way, behave a certain way and so on. The Negro League on the other hand had that showboat element that was a “good natured” kind of thing and added a little entertainment to the game. In the Latino Leagues of South American, home town hero's were just that, heroes that were expected to give a little “ole” to the game.
But for whatever reason, predominately white players take exception to any kind of look, body language, or anything else for that matter, is way out of context given the population mix in the player’s pool of today.
I had a guy sulk, rock back and forth and talk to himself all through eleven innings just because some batters in the opposing lineup got into the box, stroked their bat up and down, then settled in. He swore they were insulting him. My man had to go at least six innings- and he did. Six of the worse, cry baby, damn-man-get-over-it, innings that I’ve ever sat through.
The high percentage of Latinos that are in Professional Baseball have as part of their persona, a flare for theatrics – it’s jus the way it is. Latinos will comprise a higher and higher percentage of professional baseball so this white player mindset had better adjust or find some other business to make a buck in. And on that note, this topic goes into another topic about hitting a batter deliberately. Sooner or later in this business, a batter will get drilled, he’ll then square off to the backstop behind him, crack a skull or two, then head to the mound ready and willing to drive that pitcher into the ground like a cheap ten penny nail. It’s just a matter of time.
Get rid of the head games – don’t think, pitch!