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Tim Hudson’s eephus pitch may have had some history behind it

Mar 22, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

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This morning, Aaron posted about Braves starter Tim Hudson throwing Nationals first baseman and former Brave Adam LaRoche an “eephus” pitch in the top of the second inning during this afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition. Bill Ladson reported on the hijinks between the two:

“He is such a buddy of mine,” LaRoche said. “Another [time], he went to switch balls and then threw one at my head. The ball went all the way to the backstop. He likes having fun, apparently. I gave him the knuckleball signal walking up. I didn’t think he would do it. I should have known better.”

Perhaps coincidental, but Adam’s father Dave famously threw an eephus pitch in 1981 when he was with the Yankees:

Tip of the cap to /r/Baseball for the video.

Paul Jackson wrote about the pitch for ESPN back in 2008:

At a mound conference, it was nearly decided that the right-handed slugger would be pitched around, but LaRoche somehow persuaded his manager, Bob Lemon, to let him bait Thomas with four “slow curves” out of the strike zone. If the slugger laid off, he could have his free pass.

Thomas, for his part, did not want to walk. He no doubt wanted a piece of Dave LaRoche and his mediocre stuff, and the reliever obliged, throwing Thomas the slowest pitch he’d ever seen. LaLob missed outside, ball one. Lemon — who had never known a “slow curve” to rise out of view from the dugout — blinked and rubbed his eyes. Thomas, who had a much better look, nonetheless could not believe it.

  1. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Didn’t El Duque throw one to Arod, and then backed it up with another that Arod hit almost out of YSII? To bref i go…

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      Yup, here it is:

  2. sabatimus - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Hey Bill, give credit where credit is due: commenter dlf9 posted the Gorman Thomas video on Aaron’s blog.

    • dlf9 - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:40 PM


  3. afrikasportballagency2 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    A reblogué ceci sur A .S .B . A.

  4. esracerx46 - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    In little league before I could throw breaking balls I had a pitch I called the moon ball. Always good for a laugh.

  5. gunpowderjones - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    You guys should post links to videos so mobile users can see them

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