In big league baseball, where Kentucky’s 77-year-old “junior” U.S. senator spent his glory days, when a pitcher begins to lose his stuff the manager makes the long walk to the mound. But few pitchers ever willingly surrender the baseball voluntarily. They want to throw to one more batter, go one more inning.
The scene is familiar. A pitcher is in trouble. Eventually, the manager extends his hand, a signal every fan recognizes: “Give up the ball, kid.”