[QUOTE]In college, I had one game where I entered late in the game, late-season game. I go to my catcher to figure out 1,2,3,4 and he says, "You know what, you throw it, I'll catch it. I'm not putting down any signs." My jaw dropped, but the funny thing was that the two innings I threw woke me up as a pitcher. I made the decisions on what to throw and when to throw it and damned if that catcher didn't do a good job behind the dish anyway. I think back about that, and at first i thought it was the sign of a guy who was simply tired of catching, but it actually opened my eyes about decision making as a pitcher. You can't just throw what the catcher puts down (Papelbon had a choice, harness, not just because Lavarnway put down a 1), you can do what you want if you have to, and you can pitch with your own designed plan. I would kill most any catcher since that time if they pulled that stunt on me, but at that particular moment it was one of the best things for me. Eye-opener.
Posted by dannycater[/QUOTE]