How do you respond when life throws you a curve?

If you’ve handled your emotions perfectly throughout life, stop reading. Actually, if you think that’s the case, you’re in denial. You definitely should continue reading.

If you can admit to being human and you’ve said or done something you later regretted, join the crowd.

Granted, the problem of keeping emotions under control isn’t identical for everyone, but that doesn’t mean any of us is close to perfect.

What happened to then-Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer this summer in Kansas City is both humorous and unfortunate. In short, he lost his cool on a warm summer afternoon against the Royals.

Bauer is an excellent pitcher, but he had some tough luck on this particular day. After Alex Gordon hit a single, Hunter Dozier hit a towering fly ball to the warning track for what should have been the first out of the inning. Alas, the sun blinded the outfielder, and the ball bounced over the wall for a double.

Next, Bauer walked Jorge Soler on a borderline pitch that could have been strike three, and the bases were loaded.

The next hit amounted to a swinging bunt. Bauer tried to pick the ball up with his glove and toss it to the catcher for a force-out at home. Unfortunately for him, the ball remained on the ground, a run scored and everyone was safe.

Then Nicky Lopez hit a ground ball that skipped over Bauer’s glove and went into center field for a two-run single.

At this point, Bauer lost it. After getting the baseball back, Bauer kicked off the tantrum by chucking the ball into the netting behind home plate. Next, he took the baseball and launched it over the center field wall at Kauffman Stadium some 350 feet away.

Suffice to say, Indians manager Terry Francona wasn’t pleased. He gave Bauer an earful before sending him to the dugout.

To Bauer’s credit, he issued an apology for losing his cool, saying, “It was childish, unprofessional, and there’s no place for it in the game.”

According to Sqorr TV, advanced metrics have reported that the Trevor Bauer tantrum throw clocked in at 101 mph, 6 mph over his average fastball speed. Impressive.

At least one person jokingly wondered if the Royals will have to extend its netting around the entire field to protect fans from future outbursts.

Of course, there was no real harm done in this case. No one was hurt, except perhaps for Bauer’s pride. Besides, he’s not the first to react in a childish manner to some misfortune.

Bauer is not alone though when it comes to losing his cool. In August, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone and some of his players were ejected during games, which has led them to play the role of victim. They think they are getting picked on by umpires and other general managers. I doubt anyone outside the Yankees organization believes the umps are picking on them.

Turning the page to positive behavior, one only had to watch some of the action of the Little League regional finals on ESPN. The coaches and home plate umpires were wearing microphones. When the coach talked to his pitcher on the mound, the general tone was one of encouragement, and reminding the players to relax and do their best.

The umpires also displayed a calming or professional demeanor when they spoke.

As I watched, I wondered if all of these individuals were as composed and encouraging when they weren’t wearing a microphone, because I know from experience there were times I wasn’t when I officiated basketball. I generally kept my composure in check, but I was far from perfect.

This much is true for most of us — we generally behave better when we are aware of others watching or listening.

Bauer’s meltdown reminds us that we’re all capable of losing it in the heat of battle.