Many players will not have an at-bat like that in a whole career.
"I don't mind 'em comin' inside on me," explained Traber. "If they hit that corner all night, I may go oh for four. I'll tip my hat to them. But they better not miss by two or three inches, because a good hitter's weakness is often right next to his strength."
To Traber, success and failure are one inch apart. Last week, he argued a called third strike, then went back to watch a replay on TV. In his next at bat, he told the home plate umpire, "I was wrong. I'm sorry."
Usually, rookies listen. But when the Orioles face any pitcher Traber has seen, Robinson, a Hall of Famer, and Crowley, one of the greatest pinch-hitters, are off in a corner picking Traber's brain to relay to the team.