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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

J.P. Arencibia spent the offseason learning to catch R.A. Dickey—without a cup

“We’re both believers,” Arencibia says. Dickey brought the oversize mitt that he carries around like a traveling salesman and his suitcase of samples; Arencibia brought only his mask. He decided that he wouldn’t wear his shin guards or chest protector. He had also chosen, very purposefully, not to wear his cup.

To understand why Arencibia went jockless—well, there’s really no understanding it.

[...]

So Arencibia, in his unprotected undercarriage, was sending a message right back. “I don’t want to miss every fifth game,” he says. “It also makes you really, really concentrate.” After a few warmup tosses with Dickey at their first high-stakes meeting, Arencibia assumed the position. It wasn’t long before he took a pitch flush to his chest. But the two men played catch again, and again, and session by session Arencibia has learned more about Dickey, and about himself, and about the pitch.

Hopefully it works out better for him than it did for Yannick Bertrand in this video.

Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: February 27, 2013 at 03:47 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: blue jays, j.p. arencibia, knuckleball, phenomenally bad ideas, r.a. dickey, wtf

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   1. Downtown Bookie Posted: February 27, 2013 at 07:17 PM (#4377331)
TMI

DB
   2. Greg K Posted: February 27, 2013 at 07:20 PM (#4377332)
I've caught a few games in the past couple years and I never wear one.

Though, in many ways I am a stupid, stupid human being. But at least I'm not alone!
   3. RJ in TO Posted: February 27, 2013 at 07:34 PM (#4377337)
This seems like a good time to link this thread.
   4. Adam Starblind Posted: February 27, 2013 at 09:02 PM (#4377374)
I spent the offseason slamming my balls in the door, just to get ready.
   5. RJ in TO Posted: February 27, 2013 at 09:23 PM (#4377384)
I spent the offseason slamming my balls in the door, just to get ready.

Astros or Marlins fan?
   6. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: February 27, 2013 at 09:26 PM (#4377385)
This seems like a good time to link this thread.


I was going to link to that in the intro, but the "The Gate to the Groin!" video is one of my favourite things on the internet.

The two-toned scream starts it off well, but the commentary absolutely rises to the occasion. That man is the Vin Scully of slalom nut shot commentators.
   7. RJ in TO Posted: February 27, 2013 at 09:34 PM (#4377387)
My god, that is some of the best commentary I've ever heard.
   8. Adam Starblind Posted: February 27, 2013 at 10:03 PM (#4377402)

Astros or Marlins fan?


Mets. :-(
   9. He who brought the butter dish to Balshazar (CoB) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 10:31 PM (#4377421)
So, what you're all saying is that the Ow My Balls Apocalypse!!! is nigh upon us?
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 27, 2013 at 11:18 PM (#4377446)
Be sure to watch the video linked in the Intro; and everyone should review the thread linked in #3 at least once a year. Lessons to be learned, my friends.
   11. Rancischley Leweschquens (Tim Wallach was my Hero) Posted: February 28, 2013 at 07:51 AM (#4377490)
The two-toned scream starts it off well, but the commentary absolutely rises to the occasion.

Indeed.
   12. Rancischley Leweschquens (Tim Wallach was my Hero) Posted: February 28, 2013 at 07:52 AM (#4377492)
Also, the GIF mentionned in the article is awesome.
   13. Rants Mulliniks Posted: February 28, 2013 at 08:04 AM (#4377497)
One thing I have zero desire to watch is a man getting hit in the nuts, I must be too empathic. Its the main reason I've never watched a Jackass movie.

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