A bit of spring training humor occurred recently involving Los Angeles of Angels of Anaheim pitcher Jered Weaver and his evident — albeit perhaps only temporarily — unfamiliarity with the common practice of a catcher making a warmup throw of his own to the second base bag following a pitcher’s warmup tosses.
Anyone who has ever played baseball, even all the way back to little league, let alone just watched a baseball game is well-aware of this routine and traditional throw-to-second rehearsal that takes place before the beginning of every inning.
But for at least a split second, Jered Weaver was wholly lost on the entire process. After Weaver throws his last warmup pitch, Angels catcher Hank Conger proceeds to complete his customary throw to second base. Weaver reacts like it’s something he has never seen before in his entire life, scrambling out of the way while dropping to the ground, completing the needless evasive maneuver with a near-fully backwards somersault.
What makes it all the more amusing is that Conger’s throw comes nowhere near Weaver’s head. It would have been one thing had the catcher’s throw been in the vicinity, but the ball sails at least a good 3-4 feet above his head. Thankfully, it’s only spring training and Weaver has plenty of time to become reacquainted with the nuances of warmups during baseball games.