Raising the Bar Set by Yu Darvish, Kazuhito Tadano Throws a Terrific Eephus Pitch (Video)
First things first: For those unfamiliar, an eephus pitch is a crappy little slow number that a pitcher intentionally throws to catch a hitter off-guard. It rarely works, mostly because pro pitchers just aren’t used to throwing that slowly, but it’s always fun to watch.
Last week, Yu Darvish threw a pitch that was a little too fast to be deemed an eephus pitch, but it was close. Also, it was a curveball, and I don’t know what the rules are on curveballs being considered eephus pitches, so I’ll let that one be.
A week and 10,000 miles later, in Japan, Kazuhito Tadano showed the world a thing or too about eephus pitches with the following:
There we go. Now we’re cooking Eephus gas.
Of course, the umpire has no sense of humor and immediately called the pitch a ball, even though it looked like a strike from where I’m sitting (which is on my couch).
Hat Tip – [SB Nation]