Devin Mesoraco is a baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds. He spends his time behind the plate catching a leather-covered piece of rubber. Sometimes it comes at him moving just a tad more than 100 mph. I have some insight into catching a ball hurling through space. I was on both sides of the pitcher/catcher equation in fast pitch softball in college. I can assure you, I neither caught nor threw at that velocity!
As a catcher, and at that speed, you have to be ready for anything.
Even though the catcher gives the signals and expects the pitch to match the signal, that doesn’t always happen. So, you have to align your expectations and understand what’s possible outside of them.
The unexpected also peaks its head in when Devin steps up to the batter’s box. Read more