Let’s set the scene here: Julian Tavarez is pitching in relief for the Braves on Wednesday night against the Phillies. It’s the bottom of the eighth inning. The Braves are leading 10-4. Phillies speedster Shane Victorino is taking a big lead off third base.
What follows is comical and somewhat dumb.
Tavarez, seeing that Victorino has an enormous lead, steps off the pitching rubber and walks toward him in a vain effort to shorten the Hawaiian’s lead. Victorino goes back toward the base, then when Tavarez is back on the mound, has a few choice words, points at the base and the scoreboard.
We can’t speak for Vicotrino, but here’s what we were thinking: Why in the hell does Tavarez even care about Victorino on third with one out and a six run lead? Pitch the damn ball. Nobody was even holding Victorino close, so Tavarez is just wasting everyone’s time.
Nevertheless, Tavarez, crazy bastard that he is, takes offense and starts jawing and walking back toward Victorino.
Victorino, for his part, walked right at Tavarez. We would’ve put our money on the Flyin’ Hawaiian. Benches cleared before cooler heads prevailed.
Mr. Tavarez, however, is a true d-bag. There’s no reason to nearly incite a brawl when you’re up six runs and there’s one lone runner on third base. Get outs and shut up, ya d-bag.