5/16 Garza’s yips
Matt Garza had no problems throwing the ball over the plate. Throwing it to first was a little tricky. The Phillies’ Juan Pierre bunted on Garza in the first and he bounced the throw to first baseman Bryan LaHair for an error. Pierre bunted again in the third, and Garza again bounced the ball to LaHair.
“The first one, I had no time,” Garza said. “[Pierre] was out of the box I think before I even released the ball so I just picked it up and flipped it over as quick as I could.
“The second one, I get up and I’m about to throw it, and [Geovany Soto] tells me, ‘Don’t throw it, don’t throw it,’ and I was like, ‘I’m already going forward,’” Garza said. “Right there, if you’re thinking about ‘don’t throw it’ and you’re going, you’re not going to throw it where it needs to go.”
Soto checked on Garza after the play but the pitcher was fine.
“I said, ‘That was hilarious,’” Garza said. “I said, ‘You tell me ‘don’t throw’ and I’m already going through the motions.’ It’s not a big thing. I’ll keep going. If all teams are going to do is bunt against me, we’re going to have some quick games. I’m not too worried about that. They’ll have to hit a single to score.”
Dale Sveum was asked if Garza’s yips were more of a mental problem than physical.
“I’m not a psychologist,” Sveum said. “I don’t know what it is.”
– Carrie Muskat