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There's No Crying, But Are There Emotions In Baseball?

April 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 182

On April 21, 2012, Phil Humber, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, achieved " perfection " pitching against the Seattle Mariners in their home park, which only makes the feat that much more difficult.

Humber, with his history of Tommy John surgery and good, but not exactly "stellar" career, wouldn't have been a logical choice to anticipate pitching a perfect game, and from all indications, Phil tends to agree with that assessment.

In fact, most baseball people outside of Chicago, especially National league fans, had never heard of Phil Humber until April 21st when he achieved the rare feat of throwing a perfect game. Suddenly his name will be permanently etched in Baseball's record books.

Ironically, although the throwing of a perfect game is a very rare occurrence in any level of baseball much alone the major leagues, we as a fan can almost imagine the events and the feelings of Phil as he went through his daily, normal activities on the way to history.

We can see ourselves getting up in the morning, brushing our teeth, drinking our coffee and probably eating a small breakfast of high carbs in order to build energy for the upcoming tasks.

We can see ourselves sitting in the locker room, uniform nearly complete except a few buttons, relaxing and meditating in order to rid our minds of clutter and narrow our focus and imagery.

We feel comfortable as we complete our warm up throwing, but no indication our fastball or our control is exceptional. Just another day at the office.

We can feel the anticipation building inside beginning after the sixth inning of perfect ball and for anyone to claim a pitcher doesn't realize what he's accomplishing is quite fool hardy, he does. The pats on the back side and encouragement from his teammates quietly disappear as nobody wants to violate the unwritten code of saying something which would jinx the "perfect game."

The anxiety builds as each inning concludes and it depends on how the pitcher handles the pressure whether he falls apart or keeps his focus until the end. We can literally feel the pressure swell inside ourselves, the preverbal lump in the throat when a batter makes contact with the ball.

Although we're only watching the game on television, we feel the sudden and exhilarating release of emotions after the last pitch as we join the celebration between the mound and the plate.

Yes, we can genuinely experience the entire day of a history setting day of the winning pitcher.

Ever wonder what the day's happenings were for the Last batter in the bottom of the ninth? Ever wonder what emotions were racing through his mind as he stepped to plate?

Little did he know when his eyes popped open that morning that he would be the last obstacle standing in the way of a man reaching History. He car pooled with his teammate to the stadium and the conversation was light, talking more about their girlfriends than the upcoming game, as one must remember, this is a job for these men, although a dream job.

He stands outside the batters box, staring at the ground collecting his thoughts, which are definitely different than usual. He has a job to do and that is to hit safely for which he's well paid.

The difference this time, he'll actually be hated, although briefly, if he accomplishes his assigned task. It's not as if he could tie the game with a home run as his team is down 4 runs and with 2 outs the possibility of a come back is remote to say the least.

The only thing he can accomplish is destroying a historical event, not only for the pitcher, but for all the fans at the stadium of being able to tell their kids or grandkids, "I was there and witnessed perfection."

Ever wonder if there are emotions in baseball?

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