The "candlesticks scene" from Bull Durham has forever taken most of the mystique out of players holding conferences on the mound, but the "exchange" that A.J. Burnett and Kevin Cash had yesterday was still pretty amusing.
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News explains:
At one point in the fifth inning, Burnett threw a couple of bad pitches that made Cash believe he needed a little break. Cash didn't have any words of wisdom for his pitcher, so he made his way to the mound, picked up the rosin bag, dropped it back to the ground and headed back to the plate.
"I didn't say anything, I just let him catch his breath for a minute," Cash said. "He had just thrown a couple of pitches off the plate, and I didn't have anything to say, but I walked out there and bought some time, let him settle back in."
Burnett was very confused. "I thought he was going to say something, then he didn't," Burnett said. "It was one of those moments. I was expecting something, but there was nothing. Maybe he just wanted to stir it up a little. I was like, 'Good talk, Cash.'"