The Detroit Tigers lost their fourth game in a row in a miserable 9-2 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday afternoon, but that’s not the point. The point is that Danny Worth came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning and it was fantastic.
Often position players come in to pitch in a blowout and just lob across 80 mph fastballs, but Danny Worth didn’t do that. What Danny Worth did was throw a tremendous knuckleball. And strike out two of the four batters he faced.
Five swinging strikes for Worth. Touched 89 on his only fastball. 20 pitches, 2 Ks.
— Neil Weinberg (@NeilWeinberg44) May 22, 2014
Tigers broadcast says that Worth has never pitched at any level — Pos Players Pitching (@70MPHFastball) May 22, 2014
MLBAM is being slow to post a video suitable for embedding, but the wonderful and talented Grant Brisbee of SB Nation has come up with a wonderful GIF of the affair.
I think the actual implications here are limited — he’s not going to suddenly become a bullpen relief ace or anything — but it was an enjoyable moment, and one I hope we get to see again.