I don't know exactly what he did that was amazing to the rest of the baseball world, I don't really care. But all of a sudden I wanted to know what a relief pitcher was. Was it really what it sounded like? Was it really a fill in pitcher?
I was in the bedroom and yelled to my oldest daughter who was doing homework on her computer, and asked her to google relief pitcher. And it is indeed what it sounds like: A relief pitcher or reliever is a baseball or softball pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness, fatigue, ejection, or for other strategic reasons, such as being substituted by a pinch hitter. Relief pitchers are further divided informally into closers, set-up relief pitchers, middle relief pitchers, left-handed specialists, long relievers, and mop-up relief pitchers (the purple were the links from the wikipedia I copied and pasted from, they won't take you anywhere).
It seems to me an odd thing to get a record as the relief pitcher who has pitched the most outs or whatever; I mean why call him a relief pitcher at that point, do they treat him differently? But that's not what I picked up on especially today when I copied and pasted the whole phrase from Wikipedia. Look at the last line "mop-up pitchers."
I have often said I needed my own wife to help me with domestic things, but maybe what I really need is a relief pitcher. I would have my relief pitcher mop up; literally. Yesterday when I was at my writers' group and my daughter, who has been home sick all week, called me because she ran out of tissue (it was a big deal, believe me), I would've had her call my relief pitcher to take care of it immediately.
I could have my relief pitcher go fill my car up with gas instead of trying to work my empty tank around a time when my husband will be in the car with me. I would have my relief pitcher weed my garden when I'm busy writing. She could have supervised the campfire last Friday night and the party of seven screaming girls while I went to the first football game of the season at which my other daughter played in the pep band.
Oh, my relief pitcher would be a very busy person. I'd even give her weekends off. Well, maybe not, I don't cook on weekends, she could make meals on weekends. If she was really on it, she'd cook ahead during the week and freeze meals so she could take the weekend off.
I'm just sayin'.