You pitch to fast a common misconception.

So this week I decided to do something different. Something really funny happened to me, well it didn’t exactly happen to me I kind of brought it on myself. Definitely one of my funniest most embarrassing moments. If you play baseball or softball this blog might make a little more sense to  you, but either way it’s worth a read. This story takes place at home, not my house, home plate.


This story is definitely a catch. Ever since it happened every time I think about it I laugh and it is just really funny because it is so classic me. Softball games tend to make me laugh, and I like to laugh because it keeps me loose and I do better when i’m having fun. I’m really happy that I found something that makes me smile and that I can always count on to have fun when doing, everyone should have something like that.


So it was the bottom of the fifth inning. After the first inning we were down 8-0. By this time the score was 8-12 us, we had made a very large comeback. So, there were 2 outs and I was nervous because I had just had the ball it back at me, that is how we got the second out. But anyways this really tall girl was up and the count was 2:2 and I pitched a strike but the ump wasn’t ready. I was confused because the catcher was ready and it is hard to see if the ump is ready with all that stuff he wears. Also the game was almost over and I was really excited so I was moving very fast because I was worried we would run out of time. Then the ump said that the pitch didn’t count because he wasn’t ready and I was so confused but I pitched another pitch that was high and outside and she swung and clean missed. That was strike three so we went in but I stayed around home plate hoping to get the chance to ask the ump why my pitch didn’t count. But before I could say anything the ump looked right at me and said, “You pitch to fast.” and I said, “Thank you.” I walked into the dugout so happy that the ump had just complimented me when I realized that I had made a mistake. He meant that I had pitched before he was ready and I needed to take my time on the mound instead of pitching to fast and not waiting for him. I was so ashamed I pulled my visor down over my face and started laughing really hard. I totally had embarrassed myself in front of the ump. I told one of my coaches who laughed a bit. I then walked over to the part of the dugout that the trainer and pitching coach were sitting in. I told my pitching coach what the ump told me and she said that I needed to slow down, “You don’t get it I responded with thank you,” I said. She looked at me like I was stupid but it was OK because I felt stupid. But the trainer, my pitching coach, and I all laughed for a good 5 minutes.

Now,  a message from me, Katie Firestone, to all of you: Always make sure the ump is looking when you pitch, umps usually don’t just straight up complement you so know that, and always think twice before assuming someone is saying something nice about you, because it might be a common misconception.