One of the more memorable scenes from recent playoff history is when Joba Chamberlain was attacked by midges during the 2007 ALDS at Progressive Field. The midges, little flying insects which love the muddy, marshy areas around Lake Erie and come flying out when it’s good and hot and muggy, love to attack people’s heads and eyes. Kind of not ideal if you’re trying to pitch.
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco learned this last night:
Normally when a pitchers breaks off a 20-foot curve ball, it’s because something snapped in his arm. This was not so dire, even if it was annoying.
At least Carrasco had someone offering him sage advice from afar about all of this:
Empathy is beautiful. It can make the worst situations better.