A pitcher in the Japanese league threw the most beautiful eephus pitch for a called strike – USA TODAY

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There are lots of professional pitchers in baseball leagues all over the world who can throw complete and utter gas. Triple digits on radar guns are now longer a rarity. Far from it.

And while those ridiculously unhittable fastballs are all fun and good, nothing to me beats a good eephus pitch – you know, when someone throws a pitch high into the air at a very low speed and just hopes for the best.

Well, I think I have just seen the most beautiful eephus pitch of my life and I need to share it with you. Look at what Hiromi Itoh of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in the Japanese league threw for a called strike in their All-Star game:


Itoh’s celebration was so good, too:

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