Last night I was watching Greg Gibson work the plate. From my vantage point (not terribly close, down LF line) I noticed that he seems to initially set up a bit behind F2, then as F1 is about to release, he leans way forward and almost puts his chin on F2's inside shoulder. It was then that I realized that although he wears a bucket, he doesn't use a throat guard, and his neck is very much exposed when using that "look in" thing that he does.
R3, 1 out, Fly ball to F8. Runner tags...and here is what happened. I know you want me on 3BX, but I have always done 1BX and can't break the habit. Offensive coach was asking about blocking the plate without the ball. I felt that F2 gave the back of the plate.
I made the out call after seeing the ball.
LL Majors, nobody on, outs don't matter.
Had an uncaught third strike, near the catcher's feet. Batter takes off, release the bat behind him, catcher steps up to the plate to throw and takes the bat right on the arm. Can't make a good throw.
I was focused on the ball to see if he came up with a tag, and the whole situation blew up on me. Naturally the coach wants interference on the batter. I went to my partner while they were tending to him, to see if the bat really came flying back and I missed it--he agreed with me it was released like a batter should and the catcher kind of stepped into it.
On the field I kept my ruling of nothing. I was thinking of the bat hitting the ball in the situation and knocking it away from the catcher. More I think about it, I think I kicked it--I didn't need intent for interference there, did I?
Doesn't help that it was one of those games where everything close went against that team, including a rotation we kicked...and I took a mask and cup shot about three pitches apart--but I'll save those for War Stories.