13 times pitchers were even more amazed than you were by an incredible defensive play
We like to think that pitchers are in control. They dictate the pace and flow of the game. With sheer strength of will, they can overpower batters and keep them from hitting it in play. Or, through pinpoint control, they can influence the direction the ball is hit.
But, just like all of us, they are subject to the whims and passing fancies of chaos. That's where the fielders come in.
When one of those fielders flies across the field and leaps for an unexpected catch, the pitcher reveals something about themselves in that moment. Do they cheer? Clap? Pretend that it was what he expected would happen all along?
Let's investigate that together. These are the best reactions from pitchers to incredible defensive plays:
The Classic Glove Clap -
This is what you usually expect from the pitcher: Hands overhead, fist pounded into the glove. This is celebration zero, from which all other reactions are judged.
The happy clap -
"Hey man, I don't know how you do it," it seems to say. "I'm just happy that you do."
Hulkin' Out -
There's no way to describe it succinctly.
The Blossom -
Cool as ice.
The Unbeliever -
When you see the catch, you might not believe it either.
The Twist and Shout -
It's practically a highlight made from a wedding.
The Saved Bacon -
For when you realized that you've just been bailed out.
The Jaw Drop -
Scherzer's face is basically Kermit's anytime he shouts in the Muppets.
The Glory of Defeat -
The you get a car! And you get a car! -
I assume that's what Clayton Kershaw was going for.
The Head Holder -
When you see
The Sky Yeller -
"I defy you, stars!"