Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/22/13
It doesn’t have to be fast, as long as it gets the job done. Jayson Werth found that out the hard way Wednesday night, when a pitch from Cubs reliever Carlos Villanueva that looked like it belonged in the Little League World Series left the Nationals outfielder frozen to the ground. After firing in a 90-mph fastball for strike one, Villanueva dialed the speed way down for his second offering, a curveball that clocked in at just 57 mph. Werth could do nothing but stare at the floater, remaining in the batter’s box for a solid five seconds with a befuddled expression on his face. CBS Sports’ Eye on Baseball blog called Werth’s reaction an “existential crisis” — an evaluation that the outfielder did not disagree with. “I had to Google ‘existential crisis,’” he joked to The Washington Post on Thursday. “It was an existential crisis. It really was. I was just getting myself standing back upright. Took me a second. Had to reboot the system after that one. “All I know is that I’ve never seen a pitch that slow. [Except] when I struck out in slow pitch softball.” Check out Villanueva’s mind-bending bender in the videos below. Your browser does not support iframes. Filed under: Headlines
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