Recently, the Chicago Cubs were getting blown out. I know, I know. That doesn’t narrow it down. Specifically, it was this weekend against the New York Yankees. Oh, right. Sunday. Specifically the beat down on Sunday.
Anyway, late in the game, the Cubs opted to do the position player pitching thing, and first baseman Frank Schwindel took to the mound. There, because of the nature of the situation, Schwindel had a little fun at one point, throwing one of the slowest eephus pitches you’ll ever see.
And it just happened to be hit for a homer, making some history in the process:
Late Show host Stephen Colbert, apparently no fan of the eephus – a pitch that is intentionally super slow and lobbed in at an extreme arc – wound up working Schwindel into his routine. After showing the clip of the homer off of Schwindel’s very slow pitch, Colbert quipped, “I’m no baseball player, and neither apparently is Frank Schwindel.”
Schwindel saw the clip thereafter, and didn’t love it.
How dare anyone make Frank Schwindel of all people feel feisty!? He is a treasure and so is his eephus!
In all seriousness, Schwindel was trying to get outs in a non-traditional way, since, you know, it’s a position player pitching anyway.
“Sixty-one (mph) let up homers the other day, so I tried to go a little slower,” Schwindel said of the pitch, per ABC. “It didn’t work, but I got some good guys out. So it is what it is. … It was one of those things. It was fun to be on the mound in New York. One of those crazy days.”
Schwindel wound up getting back into a game just last night, and he wasn’t deterred. His very first pitch was a 32.3 mph eephus. The one homer he gave up last night came on a 69 mph “fastball.”