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Coco Crisp does not know how many balls it takes to walk. Neither does home plate umpire Andy Fletcher…
See what I mean:
NOTE: The video may be removed from YouTube, but until it is, enjoy.
Coco took Strike 1 on the first pitch of his at bat in the eighth inning against the Orioles. He then took Ball 1 on the second pitch. With the count 1-1, Crisp fouled the pitch away to make the count 1-2. He took Ball 2 on the fourth pitch to make the count 2-2. Coco then took the fifth pitch outside for Ball 3, but begins to trot to first. He checks with the umpire just to make sure, and continues to head to first with the three-ball walk after the umpire awards him first base.
Jerry Remy seems confused in thinking there’s only three balls, but Don Orsillo corrects him that there was actually now four balls on the count! Kudos for the YouTube user “ejbinder2” for the video and Yahoo! Sports for the national mention.