- C.J. Nitkowski, ESPN Insider
Hit by pitches, brawls, unwritten rules. Everyone has an opinion and everyone is a critic, but so few, by no fault of their own, actually get it.
One of my favorite all-time mound charges took place in 2000. Gerald Williams charged Pedro Martinez after getting hit on the forearm. Gerald looked stunned and did not charge the mound immediately. He took a few steps toward first while looking at his arm. He stopped and looked at Pedro, then back at his arm, but still didn't charge. He looked at Pedro a second time, and it was at that point he bolted for the three-time Cy Young Award winner.
I played with Gerald a couple of years later and asked him about the incident. I told him I was interested as to why he didn't charge at first and what made him decide later that it was time to go. His answer was revealing.
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