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Yu Darvish nearly shocked Torii Hunter to death with an eephus pitch

May 23, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

The only thing better than Yu Darvish busting out an eephus pitch is Torii Hunter‘s reaction:

Darvish’s “yeah, you’re right, that was ridiculous” smile afterward is pretty good too.

  1. gigab0t - May 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Yu nasty

  2. danaking - May 23, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    That’s a great slow curve, but it’s not an eephus. A true eephus is a change up with a trajectory of 20 – 25 feet on its way in, made famous by former Tigers and Pirates pitcher Rip Sewell.

    • SocraticGadfly - May 23, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Agreed. It’s “nice,” but with the header, it’s borderline clickbait.

  3. jimmyt - May 23, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Makes me miss Oil Can Boyd. Was there a weird pitch he didn’t throw?

  4. asimonetti88 - May 23, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Gotta love baseball… very few other sports where you could mess around with the other team like that and get away with it not affecting the game. Can you imagine if a QB decided to trick shot the ball off the goalpost? Nice work Darvish lol

    • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      Some dumb as sin football fan would cheer.

  5. drewy44 - May 23, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Makes me miss Vincente Padilla

  6. scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 23, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Darvish needs to learn to respect the game. There is no room for playing around in professional baseball!!!!!!

    /sarcasm.

    Seriously, how is this any different from a bat flip or jumping up and down or a team high five?

    Answer: It really isn’t.

    • grumpyoleman - May 23, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Didn’t need the n’t.

    • blacksables - May 23, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Because he missed a curve ball that missed high?

      And then they all laughed at something that was done unintentionally?

      Answer: it ain’t the same thing at all.

      Reach down, grab your panties, and pull them out of the bunch they got in.

      • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        That’s rubber underwear for the wee-weeper. Smiling after a mistake pitch ain’t analogous to Puig’s classic bat flips.

  7. lukedunphysscienceproject - May 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    That pitch still came in faster than Danny Worth’s knuckle balls.

  8. kalinedrive - May 23, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    The Wikipedia entry for Eephus Pitch is already updated to include Yu Darvish throwing one to Adam Lind last week.

    Yu Darvish strikes out Adam Lind with 63 mph eephus pitch

  9. georgewashingtonsghost - May 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    I was listening to it on the Tigers broadcast and they said the pitch came in at 55mph.

    • natstowngreg - May 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Late in his career, Livan Hernandez threw a 58-59 mph piece of junk like that, on occasion. I’ve also seen Bronson Arroyo throw something like it. It just looks extra strange, coming from a hard thower like Darvish.

  10. stlouis1baseball - May 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Eephus pitches ass. This isn’t even close to an eephus pitch. Its’ a slow curve. Nothing more.
    And to think…I saved this so I would be reminded to look at it later. Complete let down Gleeman!

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