Anyone that knows the game of baseball is well aware that the pitcher and catcher communicate by using signs with their fingers.
One finger down usually means fastball, multiple fingers mean some type of breaking ball and the list goes on.
Unfortunately, Deadspin made a boo boo on Friday and thought Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers was trying to tell his pitcher – Julio Teheran – to bean Jose Bautista when he signaled for an inside fastball.
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) May 19, 2017
Twins pitcher Phil Hughes saw what everyone else saw and tweeted at Deadspin that “this just means fastball in but ok…”
This just means fastball in but ok https://t.co/37YDEIRdig
— Phil Hughes (@PJHughes45) May 19, 2017
Hughes wasn’t the only one to threw shade at Deadspin.
— ali (@Noles_AJ) May 19, 2017
— Gruber's Mullet (@GrubersMullet) May 19, 2017
With basically everyone aware of the blunder, Deadspin acknowledged the mistake and classified it as an “editing error.”
— Joe Barbito (@barbitosfritos) May 19, 2017
To Deadspin’s credit, Bautista has a history of getting opponents fired up. Just the day before, he hit a home run and did a bat flip, which upset the Braves, including former Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki.
Regardless, it’s pretty clear that this situation wasn’t begging for a bean ball.