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Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 12:42 pm
by acsguitar
JoshExley wrote:Pascual Perez.
That is who I most remember throwing it. That thing used to go 15' in the air and drop in. Wow. Must've been the late 80s.

Good video:
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php ... 8872282758



That was awesome!

Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 1:13 pm
by Cooner
the one against Papi looked more like a slow curve... something like 54 mph slow. It didn't really go high enough to be an Eephus IMO... it was never much above head-height, whereas Sewell's Eephus was at times over 20 feet.

What you forget to mention was the full scenario of Ted hitting Rip's Eephus...

first, Ted had asked Sewell if he was going to throw "that blooper pitch" in such an important game, and Sewell said yes. Sewell was injured and wasn't expected to pitch, but got brought on to stir up the crowd for an inning of work. Williams came up with two on, and shook his head at Sewell as if to say "don't throw it." Sewell kept nodding "yes yes yes it's coming." First pitch was a huge 25 foot arc that Williams swung as hard as possible and whiffed on, nearly losing his spikes. Next was an eephus for a ball, and then a fastball for a ball as well. Next one Teddy crushed out of the yard.

Photos (and Ted) later proved that he had actually run at the pitch when trying to hit it, and hit the ball about a foot in front of the batter's box. He should have been called out.

It was the only "homer" hit off an Eephus in Sewell's career.

Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 1:14 pm
by Yoda
Greinke throws one also.

Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 1:16 pm
by jlm53089
deerayfan072 wrote:Casey Fossum threw it when he was with the Rays, but it got destroyed


Casey Fossum got destroyed with or without the Eephus.

Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 1:31 pm
by J35J
Yoda wrote:Greinke throws one also.


Yeah, his is just a real slow curveball as well.

Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 1:33 pm
by WyldStallyn
i seem to remember one being thrown in 'rookie of the year'

Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 1:39 pm
by hot4tx
deerayfan072 wrote:Casey Fossum threw it when he was with the Rays, but it got destroyed


I think I remember him doing that once in college against tu at Olsen. It was awesome. ;-D

Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 1:42 pm
by shasty mcnasty
Cooner wrote:the one against Papi looked more like a slow curve... something like 54 mph slow. It didn't really go high enough to be an Eephus IMO... it was never much above head-height, whereas Sewell's Eephus was at times over 20 feet.

What you forget to mention was the full scenario of Ted hitting Rip's Eephus...

first, Ted had asked Sewell if he was going to throw "that blooper pitch" in such an important game, and Sewell said yes. Sewell was injured and wasn't expected to pitch, but got brought on to stir up the crowd for an inning of work. Williams came up with two on, and shook his head at Sewell as if to say "don't throw it." Sewell kept nodding "yes yes yes it's coming." First pitch was a huge 25 foot arc that Williams swung as hard as possible and whiffed on, nearly losing his spikes. Next was an eephus for a ball, and then a fastball for a ball as well. Next one Teddy crushed out of the yard.

Photos (and Ted) later proved that he had actually run at the pitch when trying to hit it, and hit the ball about a foot in front of the batter's box. He should have been called out.

It was the only "homer" hit off an Eephus in Sewell's career.


thanks for the description and story, that's great. So am I to understand that this pitch gains an elevation of 20 or 25 feet in the air? And then what, it just kinda drops to the ground, hopefully on top of the plate? Something like a slow pitch softball pitch, but overhand? I mean, how slow does this thing really go?

Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 1:45 pm
by Yoda

Re: um, what is an "Eephus pitch"?

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 1:55 pm
by JoshExley
shasty mcnasty wrote:
Cooner wrote:the one against Papi looked more like a slow curve... something like 54 mph slow. It didn't really go high enough to be an Eephus IMO... it was never much above head-height, whereas Sewell's Eephus was at times over 20 feet.

What you forget to mention was the full scenario of Ted hitting Rip's Eephus...

first, Ted had asked Sewell if he was going to throw "that blooper pitch" in such an important game, and Sewell said yes. Sewell was injured and wasn't expected to pitch, but got brought on to stir up the crowd for an inning of work. Williams came up with two on, and shook his head at Sewell as if to say "don't throw it." Sewell kept nodding "yes yes yes it's coming." First pitch was a huge 25 foot arc that Williams swung as hard as possible and whiffed on, nearly losing his spikes. Next was an eephus for a ball, and then a fastball for a ball as well. Next one Teddy crushed out of the yard.

Photos (and Ted) later proved that he had actually run at the pitch when trying to hit it, and hit the ball about a foot in front of the batter's box. He should have been called out.

It was the only "homer" hit off an Eephus in Sewell's career.


thanks for the description and story, that's great. So am I to understand that this pitch gains an elevation of 20 or 25 feet in the air? And then what, it just kinda drops to the ground, hopefully on top of the plate? Something like a slow pitch softball pitch, but overhand? I mean, how slow does this thing really go?


Shasty, check out the video I posted. You'll see Pascual's. No chance that thing goes over 50 MPH.
Mound is elevated, so by the time the pitch is at it's peak, it seriously is like 15' off the ground (field level) and arches right into the catcher's mitt.