If you ask me, it’s been a terribly annoying week in baseball. And I’m not just saying that to sound like Andy Rooney. (I am, however, grooming my eyebrows in an effort to look like Andy Rooney).
Something has happened every day so far this week that has raised my ire. Here’s a quick recap:
Where’s Longoria’s Flack?
On Sunday, A’s pitcher Dallas Braden tossed the 19th perfect game in baseball history. On its own merits, it was a wonderful story — young guy who is still trying to make his mark in the big leagues throws a perfecto in front of his grandmother who raised him on Mother’s Day, a day he’d long despised because his own mother passed away when he was in high school.
When you double it with recent events — Braden’s calling out of A-Rod for mindlessly trotting across the pitcher’s mound on his way back to first base — it made matters even more awesome. A-Rod played the situation off like the typical ’80s teen movie douchebag bully, essentially saying that Braden’s opinion didn’t matter because he hadn’t done anything in the big leagues yet.
Now he has, of course. But something that happened during his perfect game was even more egregious than A-Rod’s trot, and so far I haven’t seen anyone call it out. In the fifth inning of the budding perfect game, Rays golden boy Evan Longoria attempted laying down a bunt. Fortunately for all parties involved, it rolled foul and he didn’t try it again. But the fact that Longoria tried what Bob Brenly once described as a “chicken sh*t” move blew my mind. And the fact that someone with Braden’s brass hasn’t said anything about it is also a bit of a surprise. Maybe he just doesn’t want to spit sour grapes in the afterglow of a great performance. But I’m willing to do it for him.
Really, Cubs Fans?
My annoyance with my own fan base grew to even higher levels when 20-year-old shortstop Starlin Castro was booed after committing three errors in the Cubs’ loss to Florida.
See, I remember back in the good old days when the Cubs were supposed to suck, and no one ever got booed for anything. Things changed when the team started flirting with competitiveness and paying for high-priced free agents who underachieved — here’s looking at you, Jacque Jones.
But now things have gotten completely out of hand. You’re gonna boo a kid in his first f*cking home game? What do you suppose that will do for his confidence? And you wonder why every damn Cubs prospect turns out to be the next Gary Scott/Pat Cline/David Kelton/Corey Patterson. (Wait, I forgot Lance Dickson). Perhaps that ire should be directed towards the management for rushing him to the big leagues. (Yes, he can hit, but that’s not the only part of playing in the bigs).
Mitch Williams’ Revenge
Well, screw you! We’re moving the series to Philadelphia.
MLB announced Tuesday that the June 25-27 series between the Jays and Phils will be played in Philadelphia instead of Toronto due to the G-20 Summit being held not too far from the Sky Dome. (Yeah, I don’t care what they call it now). The Blue Jays will be the “home” team, batting last and playing with the DH even though the game will be played in an NL park. They just won’t have any fans cheering them on. (Not that they usually do anyway, but still, it’s the principle of the thing).
Exactly how is it fair for a team already hamstrung by playing in the AL East to have to play 78 home games and 84 away? Shouldn’t they have known this summit was happening when they made the schedule and planned accordingly? Will they give the Jays 84 home games next year as a compromise? Couldn’t they have played the series at Olympic Stadium in Montreal? How the hell did the G-8 turn into the G-20? Is this the kind of model that the Big Ten is using for expansion? And what will piss me off on Wednesday?