Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke thought it was a good idea to give away what pitch he was going to throw beforehand and it ended up costing him.
During today’s Astros-A’s ALDS game, Greinke let Ramon Laureano know that he was going to throw when he put up two fingers and Laureano immediately crushed the ball for a three-run homer.
Greinke calling his pitch.
Spoiler Alert: It worked out poorly. pic.twitter.com/fTrnvC12Ix
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 8, 2020
The Astros used to steal signs, now they just give away their signs
Result: Laureano three-run HR pic.twitter.com/7DdxeyEgky
— 2020 Astros Shame Tour (@AsteriskTour) October 8, 2020
Fans mocked Greinke after he gave up the home run.
Keep the signs coming Greinke 😂pic.twitter.com/vmZj9w8P3C
— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) October 8, 2020
Knowing easier than guessing…proven 🤣🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/scWQEVFDmk
— Greg Bergman (@BergmanGreg) October 8, 2020
Greinke is a legend for this. Lol 😂 https://t.co/a64DlLshy4
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) October 8, 2020
Zack Greinke prides himself on being his very own self all the time no matter what anyone thinks.
But telling the hitter what's coming before allowing a 3-run homer?
Is that the opposite of the Babe calling his shot? https://t.co/YFOoH7B5pm
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) October 8, 2020
Update: Former pitcher Phil Hughes says that Greinke wasn’t giving away his pitch but was just communicating the catcher.
FFS Greinke isn’t telling the hitter what’s coming. It’s part of the sequence with his catcher
— Phil Hughes (@PJHughes45) October 8, 2020