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Postby shasty mcnasty » Thu May 08, 2008 12:09 pm

Okay, this was the last line in the game recap of the WhiteSox/Twinkies matchup furnished by the AP's Andrews Seligman,
Hernandez, who pitched seven shutout innings against Kansas City on April 11, simply baffled a team that batted just .203 over the previous 11 games and saw its average drop from .247 to .232. He kept the White Sox off balance, even lunging at Eephus pitches.





so, my question is, what in sam hill are, "Eephus pitches"?
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Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

Postby chipper » Thu May 08, 2008 12:11 pm

It's a very high arching and slow pitch (no spin or knuckle on it, just an intentional lob meant for the hitter to give up on and then land a strike). Someone threw one back in the day (guy might have been named Eephus). I think I remember my dad telling me he threw one to Ted Williams and he crushed it.
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Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

Postby stevethumb » Thu May 08, 2008 12:14 pm

rip sewall threw it to the splendid splinter in an early 50s allstar game, i think...ted knocked it about 475 feet...luis tiant threw one every now and then along w/his hesitation pitch and el duque has thrown the eephus recently..dave laroche used to throw it too
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Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

Postby shasty mcnasty » Thu May 08, 2008 12:18 pm

stevethumb wrote:rip sewall threw it to the splendid splinter in an early 50s allstar game, i think...ted knocked it about 475 feet...luis tiant threw one every now and then along w/his hesitation pitch and el duque has thrown the eephus recently..dave laroche used to throw it too


huh, i guess if el duque is throwing it too, then it's running in the family.
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Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

Postby chipper » Thu May 08, 2008 12:21 pm

shasty mcnasty wrote:huh, i guess if el duque is throwing it too, then it's running in the family.

Why did Livan throw one the other day or something?

I think Galarraga for Det threw one to Ortiz yesterday (might have been a real slow curve, I only saw a quick highlight).
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Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

Postby JoshExley » Thu May 08, 2008 12:23 pm

chipper wrote:
shasty mcnasty wrote:huh, i guess if el duque is throwing it too, then it's running in the family.

Why did Livan throw one the other day or something?

I think Galarraga for Det threw one to Ortiz yesterday (might have been a real slow curve, I only saw a quick highlight).


Yep! See Big Papi's face? Stunned.
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Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

Postby shasty mcnasty » Thu May 08, 2008 12:25 pm

chipper wrote:
shasty mcnasty wrote:huh, i guess if el duque is throwing it too, then it's running in the family.

Why did Livan throw one the other day or something?

I think Galarraga for Det threw one to Ortiz yesterday (might have been a real slow curve, I only saw a quick highlight).


yeah, the original post had a quote from the Twins/Sox game last night, and the author described Livan getting the Sox to lunge at "eephus pitches"; that was the reason for my question.
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Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

Postby chipper » Thu May 08, 2008 12:28 pm

JoshExley wrote:
chipper wrote:
shasty mcnasty wrote:huh, i guess if el duque is throwing it too, then it's running in the family.

Why did Livan throw one the other day or something?

I think Galarraga for Det threw one to Ortiz yesterday (might have been a real slow curve, I only saw a quick highlight).


Yep! See Big Papi's face? Stunned.

That took balls for a rookie to do something like that.
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Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

Postby JoshExley » Thu May 08, 2008 12:31 pm

Pascual Perez.
That is who I most remember throwing it. That thing used to go 15' in the air and drop in. Wow. Must've been the late 80s.

Good video:
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php ... 8872282758
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Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

Postby deerayfan072 » Thu May 08, 2008 12:33 pm

Casey Fossum threw it when he was with the Rays, but it got destroyed
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