I used to think it was just a celebratory thing. After every strikeout the catcher would whip the ball down to first base and then it would go around the horn before being tossed back to the mound.
But last night the backup catcher for the Angels took the third called strike and just rolled it back to the mound in what proved to be a costly mistake that led to a White Sox victory in the ninth inning.
The catcher should have known better. Always throw to first after every strikeout, no matter.
I bet he doesn’t make that mistake again.