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Friday, November 21, 2014

Josh Lueke and the Ways of Anger

It had escalated so quickly between him and Buckminster, I said; why did he think that was? He replied that he had seen the ump not call close pitches strikes earlier in the game, so he was determined to throw strikes.

I didn’t really understand this. Sometimes, players’ apparently rational explanations for what they’ve done seem to contradict the actions themselves. It’s for this reason that players will sometimes express disdain toward the opinions of people, like writers, who “never played the game,” as the cliché goes. It’s also for this reason that I sometimes think they might be right—doubly right: that not only do people who write about baseball misunderstand how and why ballplayers do what they do, but in fact do understand, with too much certainty, the opposite of what ballplayers do. We are not ignorant; we are informed; but we gather incorrect information and generate the wrong theories.

I sometimes have this same misgiving over my thoughts about Josh Lueke, even after I take the opposite position. No matter what I think of him, it’s wrong.

Yet there was no disputing that the pitches Lueke threw and protested were balls. At best, I thought, he could only have considered them borderline pitches, on the outside edge of the plate rather than right down the middle. “I made a couple of pitches that I thought were strikes,” he said, adding that one of them was higher, one lower, as though he had been trying to find and comply with Buckminster’s specific strike zone. He did not have an explanation for the quick and steep rise in temper between them, but his tone and demeanor suggested that he considered his increasingly irate response to the ump’s calls normal.

An interesting article, ostensibly about Lueke but really about masculinity, forgiveness, and where an endless void of anger can lead you.

kthejoker Posted: November 21, 2014 at 02:53 PM | 11 comment(s)
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