The five stages of grief, as expressed by pitchers reacting to home runs
There's a lot of grief in this world, and for pitchers, the most grievous of things is to give up a home run. The Kubler-Ross model teaches us that when dealing with grief there are five stages we go through -- and as you'd expect, MLB pitchers go through all of them. Observe below with some help from Marlins reliever Mike Dunn, who surrendered a 13th-inning long ball to the Pirates' Gregory Polanco on Friday:
As for the full spectrum ...
"Why wouldn't I just keep staring at my catcher? Nothing happened just then, nothing at all."
"ONLY MY GLOVE PREVENTS MY UNYIELDING RAGE FROM ENVELOPING THIS UNSUSPECTING EARTH."
"Maybe it was a fly ball? Maybe just a very deep fly ball? Maybe?"
"Why even bother continuing to pitch?"