Justin Verlander ~ Just one of those days!
Here’s Verlander’s explanation: “I went to go pick one and I didn’t get my body turned,” Verlander said. “The way I thought — and this was all in milliseconds — if I just throw it home, they won’t call anything.”
The incident happened during a recent game between The Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics. Justin Verlander threw the unwieldy pitch behind David DeJesus and it was initially thought DeJesus was hit and he was sent to first base; however, on review, the officials ruled that a balk had indeed been committed, DeJesus had not been hit, and he was called back to the batters box. The fellow who had been on first base advanced to second.
“I saw the video of it and I couldn’t help but laugh at myself,” Verlander said later. “It might be the first time it happened in general. I thought nothing could happen at the plate. It was funny talking to the umpires. They gave me a hard time about it, too.”
I’m sure we’ll be seeing this play in the recordbooks for years to come; probably one Verlander would like to forget!