• “Mark told reporters why he always threw the ball back to the umpire to exchange for a new one after a base hit. “That ball has a hit in it,” he explained. “I want that ball to get back in the ball bag and goof around with the other balls. I want him to talk to the other balls. I want the other balls to beat him up. Maybe that’ll smarten him up so when he comes out the next time, he’ll pop up.”