Minor Leaguer Strikes Out On One Pitch

Now there’s something you don’t see every day. Vinnie Catricala of the Midland RockHounds—the class-AA affiliate of the Oakland Athletics—managed to get himself rung up on one pitch. Here’s how things went down per Deadspin:

Catricala took the first pitch he saw from Corpus Christi Hooks pitcher Nick Tropeano, and Teague called it a strike. Catricala was unhappy with the call, and stepped out of the batter’s box. Teague felt that Catricala was taking his sweet-ass time, and called a second strike. That’s a rule, apparently, although it’s rarely enforced.

Either Catricala didn’t notice or didn’t care, because he was still chilling outside the batter’s box. A little over nine seconds later, Teague rung Catricala out, Catricala argued, and Teague ejected him. Then the scoreboard played some famous movie clips, and everybody laughed, while Catricala stomped away and presumably asked himself what he did in life to deserve this.

The other way to look at this is that Hook’s pitcher Tropeano earned himself the easiest strikeout of his career. Video of the debacle is after the jump.

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