It's the clinching game for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 National League Championship Series, and their 2008 ace takes the mound. With two outs in the first inning, Andre Ethier stands in. Hamels gets the sign from catcher Carlos Ruiz. Fastball, away. Hamels shakes him off. TBS's cameras zoom in to show Ruiz again, dropping his index finger, pressed against his left leg. Fastball, away. Cut back to reveal Hamels, dropping his chin in disgust, sighing, and stepping off the mound. Ruiz quickly visits the mound to quickly to diffuse this little temper tantrum.á As a parent of a two-year-old boy, I've learned redirection is sometimes the easiest way to regain control of situation when the little one objects to daddy's request. So Ruiz retreats to his crouch behind the plate, and sets ...
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