Ahhhh… this is a speech I know well:
Gather around fellas, there’s something that I’d like to address for those of you just joining this rotation. Welcome.
The strike zone is fixture in your mind that has no extremes - left or right, up or down. It’s a place with limits though, and you’re expected to know those limits, prepare for working those limits, starting what you finish within those limits, inning after inning. If you have any doubts or questions with respect to what a strike zone is, now is the time to ask. Raise your hand, step forward and ask.
No one? Not even one of you?
So, when placed in the game to do a job, throwing strikes is that job first. If you’re to do otherwise, like tossing a “bait” pitch, or a “pitch out”, or something similar, you’ll be told to do so.
Now a word about brushing batter’s back - you do so on your own. You take it upon yourself to ignor the game plan, and take this experience as other than a professional job … and you’ll be on your own, get it!
This club, this rotation, this coaching staff does not give gifts to opposing clubs. We’re here no only to win … but to beat their brains out on that scoreboard. And we stop beating their brains out when our skipper say’s so, and as of this very moment … knowing him for all these years, I’ve never heard or seen him say, lets go home.
You hit a guy, for whatever reason, and give another club a gift of 90 feet, we’re gonna talk, and talk a lot.
Now, how do you react if “one get’s away from you?” You don’t - it’s business. These things happen, deal with it … they will, so will you. So, after a “smack”, look down at the ground in front of you, walk backwards , but keep facing home plate keeping your eyes away from the batter, NO EYE CONTACT, but don’t lose sight of the batter. If he charges the mound, your backstop will deal with it along with your other infielders - stay out of it!
Now before I ask are there any questions — I won’t. We do not have a coverstation here.
End of speech.