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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Apr 21, 2014, 6:39 AM EDT

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Brewers 3, Pirates 2: FISTICUFFSMANSHIP! No one distinguishes themselves here, but this much is true: if Gerrit Cole simply takes the ball and goes back to the mound without jawing at Gomez, (a) Gomez looks like a guy who misjudged his hit and almost got thrown out foolishly; and (b) no brawl happens. But in baseball it’s not enough to let someone look a bit silly and take the high road. No, you must tell the other guy that his looking silly somehow offended your honor or some crazy crap and you must escalate things because, well, that’s how it’s done. “How dare you think that ball you just hit 399 feet was about to go 400 feet?!” you must exclaim. “You are a bad person for doing that!” I wish Gomez didn’t respond to Cole’s provocation with dumbass hostility of his own (and he’s gonna get righteously suspended or fined for throwing his helmet).But how awesome would it have been if he had simply smiled and said “yeah, I shouldn’t have assumed that triple I just smoked off of your crappy pitch was a home run. How WRONG of me,” and then blown Cole a kiss? He didn’t do that, of course, but the fact remains that no fight happens if Cole doesn’t decide to start hurling F-bombs at Gomez because Honor and Rules and bullcrap like that which doesn’t belong in 21st century sports.

Reds 8, Cubs 2: Hope you all had a happy Easter. Or, as we refer to it at our house, Spring Thanksgiving. That’s not an attempt to secularize it for anyone else. I get how important Easter is to Christians and don’t mean to denigrate their faith. It’s just an acknowledgment that my family isn’t religious so we basically just treat Easter as a family meal and coming together thing. Oh, it’s also the one time every year my mom tells the “Peter . . . I can see your house from up here . . .” joke, which is her absolute favorite joke ever. Kinda odd because, really, my mom is the only one of us who still considers herself a Catholic and goes to mass and stuff. I guess you have more of a right to be sacrilegious if it’s actually your religion than someone else does. Anyway, in a major shocker, my mom did not tell the “Peter . . . I can see your house from up here . . .” joke this year. Guess she forgot. Kind of a surprise. Not a surprise? The Reds taking two of three from the Cubs at Wrigley, where they’ve won 17 of the last 19.

Giants 4, Padres 3: San Francisco only had three hits — and none after the second inning — but that’s all they needed because one was a two-run homer and the other a two-run single. Tim Lincecum got his first win of the year.

Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 1: Puig hit a three-run homer and threw Miguel Montero the heck OUT at second base when he tried to stretch for a double. Which, to be fair, would be a double against most right fielders, but like I said, he got thrown the heck OUT. Note: Puig did not hit the cutoff man in throwing Montero. He threw it right over him. Because, in this case, hitting the cutoff man would’ve slowed things down. But if anyone wants to lecture Puig about it, go ahead. I’ll be over here rolling my eyes and doing that wanking motion thing.

Athletics 4, Astros 1: The sweep. Josh Donaldson homered and doubled twice. The A’s have won 11 of 13. The Astros have lost seven in a row. None of this is particularly surprising.

White Sox 16, Rangers 2: Jose Abreu and Jordan Danks each hit two homers and the Sox win in a laugher. That ends the Rangers’ five-game winning streak.

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Nationals 3, Cardinals 2Mets 4, Braves 3: The Nationals won on a walkoff sac fly, the Braves lost on a walkoff sac fly. This is important. This means something. [Craig sculpts things out of his mashed potatoes]. In the Nats-Cards game, Denard Span hit the sac fly against the Cardinals’ five-man infield. Span:

“I counted: one, two, three, four, five,” Span said. “Right there I told myself a groundball probably not going to do it. Try to get the ball in the air somehow.”

That he counted so quickly is proof positive that activating him from the seven-day concussion DL was the right call. If he saw ten infielders they would’ve put him back on there.

Twins 8, Royals 3: Phil Hughes got a win. It’s the first time that’s happened since last July. Which means Phil Hughes’ wins have the same frequency as, like, Christmas.

Marlins 3, Mariners 2: The Marlins sweep Seattle. Christian Yelich hit a double and scored the tying run in the eighth, which was official only replay overturned the initial out call. That brings Yelich’s hitting streak to 14 games. The double, I mean. He’d still have the hitting streak even if he was out at home. That’s a baseball rule. 

Yankees 5, Rays 1: Two five inning starts and some solid bullpen work from each team had this one tied at one in the 12th. Then Dean Anna walked with the bases loaded to put the Yankees ahead. The Rays are “The Extra 2%” team. In that instance the had a 25% surplus of walks and/or base runners. Subsequent RBI singles from Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann took the math out of the equation. Wait, if you take math out of the equation, is it still an equation? I think I just blew my mind thinking about this. Probably shouldn’t write game recaps on 4/20.

Tigers 2, Angels 1: Clown shoes defense by the Angels and heads-up base running by Ian Kinsler gave the Tigers their first run. A second error by Hank Conger led to the Tigers’ second run. Remember back when Mike Scioscia teams used to be lauded for being fundamentally sound and all that? That was cool. Feels like a million years ago, but it was cool.

Indians 6, Blues Jays 4: The Indians avoid a sweep. The AP gamer credits a pep talk by Terry Francona for the win. If there was anything to that I’d totally give pep talks before every game, dude.

Phillies 10, Rockies 9: Jimmy Rollins hit a homer and then drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth. This was a pretty significant offensive outburst for a team which had gone four games without an extra base hit.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 5: On a day when dumb defense impacted a couple of games dumb defense decided this one. Here, Dustin Pedroia scored the winning run on a David Lough throwing error. Lough caught a liner, Pedoria tagged from third but then headed back realizing Lough would likely nail him at the plate. Then Lough sailed one home. The O’s gave this game away in a lot of ways, and not just by virtue of blowing a five-run lead. Pedoria was able to advance to third in the first place thanks to a wild pitch.

  1. chip56 - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    Whoa MLB can’t suspend Gomez. They have to understand that coming from a poor background in the Dominican Gomez is struggling to adjust to American culture.

    • renaado - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      I really do think it’s not about the poor background though, their style of play is just somewhat different on what they do there in the Dominican Republic and there from the US.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:44 AM

      Yeah, you’re doing it wrong.

      • chip56 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:31 AM

        My bad, didn’t realize that excuse only worked for Puig.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:51 AM

        Maybe go back and read what I’ve written about Puig and check back in later.

      • chip56 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:57 AM

        What you’ve written is that his background isn’t an excuse for his jackwagon behavior off the field but when criticizing him about stuff he does on the field we need to understand that he’s coming from a different culture and background and had a harrowing ordeal escaping Cuba and so maybe we should cut him some slack.

        What you’ve never explained is a) why other Cuban players who have been through similar trials have been able to play solid fundamental baseball and listen to their manager and b) why this should apply to Puig and not other players who come from similar backgrounds, whether they grew up in Cuba, the DR or an inner city here in the US?

        Anything else?

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:07 AM

        What you’ve never explained is a) why other Cuban players who have been through similar trials have been able to play solid fundamental baseball and listen to their manager and b) why this should apply to Puig and not other players who come from similar backgrounds, whether they grew up in Cuba, the DR or an inner city here in the US?

        A – while I can’t speak specifically for Cuban only players, there have been plenty of instances of players from Latin America who are given far longer leashes with their in game behavior than Puig has. Guerrero for instance, was never talked to by his manager [Alou], for things like missing the cutoff man.

        B – Repeating myself from the 4/14 post:

        At no point was Manny told he needed to “grow up” or learn the rules of the game when he did the following:

        Went into the green monster to pee, making the rest of the team wait on him
        Brought a water bottle in his back pocket out to LF
        Wore those awful Oakley sunglasses with the built in headphones

        I completely forgot about this, what if Puig cut off a throw from his CF from about 20 feet away, like Manny did here?

        http://thegoldensombrero.com/wordpress/archives/5490

        No, the announcers just said “that’s Manny being Manny”.

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        Craig is absolutely adorable, getting all bent out of shape over someone showing him up over his work after writing a whole lengthy piece about how Gerrit Cole is stupid for responding to getting shown up in his own profession. The irony…

      • ematusko - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        Calcaterra is a thin-skinned weasel. Likes to inject his snarky opinion all over the place, and then gets butt hurt when someone calls him out. Even though I occassionally agree with him, he might want to toughen up a bit.

      • dickschofield8291986 - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        And you’re reading Palsgraf wrong.

        The conduct of Gerrit Cole, if a wrong in its relation to Carlos Gomez, was not a wrong in its relation to the Curator of Unwritten Rules, standing far away before his TV screen. Relatively to that CUR the conduct of Gerrit Colewas not negligence at all. Nothing in the situation gave notice that redass vulgarity had in it the potency of peril to Bloggers thus removed. Negligence is not actionable unless it involves the invasion of a legally protected interest, the violation of a right. “Proof of negligence in the air, so to speak, will not do” (Pollock, Torts, p. 455). “Negligence is the absence of care, according to the circumstances” (1 Beven, Negligence, 7). The plaintiff CUR, stationed watching the television might claim to be protected against intentional invasion of his Unwritten Rulery of High Roadedness and Keeping Yer Trap Shutedness. Such invasion is not charged. He might claim to be protected against unintentional invasion by conduct involving in the thought of reasonable men an unreasonable hazard that such invasion would ensue. These, from the point of view of the law, were the bounds of the CUR’s immunity, with perhaps some rare exceptions, survivals for the most part of ancient forms of media liability, where conduct is held to be at the peril of the actor (Murray Chass v. Common Sense, 365 N.Y.T 1972).

        If no hazard was apparent to the eye of ordinary vigilance, an act innocent and harmless, at least to outward seeming, with reference to the CUR, did not take to itself the quality of a tort because it happened to be a wrong, though apparently not one involving the risk of bodily insecurity, with reference to some one else (e.g., Carlos Gomez, Travis Snider). “In every instance, before negligence can be predicated of a given act, back of the act must be sought and found a duty to the individual complaining, the observance of which would have averted or avoided the injury” (14 citations omitted) “The ideas of negligence and duty are strictly correlative” (Thomas v. Quartermaine, 18 Q. B. D. 685, 694). The CUR sues in his own right for a wrong personal to him and his Unwritten Rulery of High Roadedness, and not as the vicarious beneficiary of a breach of duty to another.

  2. chip56 - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Incidentally, I’m not sure that being angry at a player after smoking a long shot off of you has anything to do with unwritten rules, though I appreciate the irony in suggesting there be an unwritten rule that players ignore unwritten rules.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      It’s an unwritten rule that you run hard out of the box so as not to show up the pitcher. Except when players, as they often do, don’t run hard out of the box. Then it’s OK, you see. it’s Gomez’s fault for not knowing that this was one of those times when you had to run hard out of the box as opposed to one of the many times where the pitcher doesn’t care about that.

      Oh wait, no, it’s Cole just being a jerk for thinking that Gomez misjudging his hit was some sort of assault on his honor.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:50 AM

        I’m sitting here holding my breath, waiting for the apologies from those who said you were going to turn this into a race issue and only blame Gomez…

      • chip56 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        I agree Cole was wrong too, but being angry and yelling at someone is a far cry from assault wouldn’t you say?

      • ravensgrl - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM

        I’m so confused by this. You don’t think that maybe the pitcher was ragging him for thinking it was a home run, and that Gomez got his feelings hurt…threw his helmet down and went after Cole?

      • grumpyoleman - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        It’s kind of like someone coming to your work (blog) and showing you up and you feeling the need to respond isn’t it. Why is it different for baseball players?

      • gloccamorra - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        Wait, what about Sammy Sosa and his little jump for joy trick? If they allow that and Babe Ruth pointing, how can they prevent showing up the pitcher?

  3. aresachaela - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    YEANKEES WIN!! Good relief effort by the Yeankees right there or should I say good relief efforts on both sides!! Really entertaining from every single pitch!! Oh, just saw the recap on mlb.videos on Gomez makin a bat flip on a TRIPLE LOL XD!! I also someone doing an ankle lock on him HAHAHAHA XD!!

    • renaado - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      Good game there Braves! This game goes for the Mets, but surely you guys put up a good fight.

      • renaado - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:42 AM

        Darnit! Sorry Achaela pressed the wrong button…

      • aresachaela - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:52 AM

        LOL XD!! It’s all good Ren, saw the recap of that game too judging from the innings they played there surely they aren’t letting up!! Well good news is that the Yeankees won and that horrible game before is a thing in the past HAHAHA XD!!

  4. janessa31888 - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Murphy strikes again!!! Carlos Santana is such a streaky hitter. Hes mired in another of his gigantic slumps right now. Brantley and Murphy seem to be the only guys who can drive in runs right now.

  5. southpaw2k - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    The O’s loss last night wasn’t quite as awful as the Mother’s Day Massacre in 2007 (coincidentally, also against the Red Sox), but it wasn’t a whole lot better either.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      I’ll take Chris David pitching in the 6th over Ubaldo last night.

  6. [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Yankees 5, Rays 1:

    After Maddon summoned 24 year old CJ Riefenhauser, who walked in the eventual winning run after an intentional walk, Maddon brought on noted RAPIST Josh Lueke. RAPIST Josh Lueke then proceeded to allow 3 more runs, or to put it another way:

    • Kevin S. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      For context to that tweet, Lueke allowed all of Riefenhauser’s runners to score while not actually being charged with an earned run before.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        For additional context, he also raped a girl and got away with it.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        Well yes, I thought that went without saying at this point.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        Oh I know. I just like pointing out the absurdity of how many people don’t care that there’s a rapist on a MLB roster.

    • chip56 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      Wonder how many tweets Law got for making a joke about rape

      • emdash01 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        No one gets upset about people making a joke about a rapist. People get upset about jokes about rape victims. You can hopefully see where this is an important difference.

      • chip56 - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        Three things:

        1. I was being sarcastic, I think/hope Law is smart enough to not equate a bad inning with being as much of a violation as rape.
        2. Yes I appreciate the difference but,
        3. Rape isn’t funny in any context and Law probably shouldn’t have gone there.

  7. renaado - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Good game there Braves! This game goes for the Mets, but surely you guys put up a good fight.

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    I really enjoy watching the bluejays bullpen have another melt down with all the walks, that is some good stuff right there let me tell ya. Hell Walk everybody!! Yea!!

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      Hello Harry. Where were you when the Yankees gave up 16 runs on Saturday?

      • nbjays - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:31 AM

        In his fantasy world.

      • Old Gator - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        Knowing our virtual village idiot for having nothing remotely resembling a functional imagination, I would guess that it’s actually someone else’s fantasy world that he’s just using here without permission. I would bet that he wishes he could live in his Barbie house, too.

    • nbjays - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Haven’t been paying much attention to the Yankees’ pen lately, have ya, harry. Not surprising…

      BTW, the Jays’ team ERA is well below that of the Yankees.

      • cur'68 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        Never mind the Poo Flinger, nbj. Lets bask in that statement;

        the Jays’ team ERA is well below that of the Yankees

        YES! /fistpump

        Pitching will win this thing. As I’ve said, Our Boys have actual depth at pitching in the pen and at AAA. We have two SP’s doing really great, two who are mediocre but have a good chance to improve and one that seriously needs to find his groove. In the mean time our run differential is better than everyone else’s. That sort of thing will play out in Beaver favour in time, I think.

        We may not be sweeping anyone, but we are winning a few series here and there and beating some teams who are pretty good more often than they are beating us. A day off, a chance to reflect on the bullpen and perhaps make more use of Neil Wagner and I do believe we’ll see Our Boys get that sweep. All in all, so far, so good.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        BTW, the Jays’ team ERA is well below that of the Yankees.

        Losing a game 16-1 will do that. But point taken

    • spudchukar - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      I see the scum is returning to the pond.

  9. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    That is now back to back night’s Buck gave the starter too much of a leash and it cost us another game. I think last night Ubaldo was at 95 pitches after the walk putting 2 on and 1 out? You sit him down. He pitched much better to that point and was not FULLY to blame for that loss (here’s looking at you Schoop and Lough) but having a 5-0 cushion and your pitcher is gassed? Especially one prone to giving up the long ball? You pull him. I’m also going to officially say, and I HATE saying this, we have no 3B without Manny. O’s have had 7 errors this year- 6 of them from 3B. 4 for Schoop and 2 for Flaherty. Nobody can play the hot corner as of now. We essentially have 3 guys who can play 2B in Lombo, Schoop and Flaherty. Once Manny comes back this team will see more pop in the bats and MUCH better D. And I’m hoping Flaherty is the odd man out, but I have a feeling it will be Schoop going down and Flaherty at utility.

    Now if somebody can convince me that Lough is the better defensive LF in a head to head duel with Delmon Young? That would be swell. Last night Lough made a HORRENDOUS throw home. A few games back I watched AJP try to stretch out a single and Delmon Young threw him out on a strike from LF. All around? I like Young out there over anybody else. Now I’ll give credit where it’s due- Lough made a phenomenal catch in the 4th last night with a midair adjustment while spinning around BUT if he takes the correct path on the ball he wouldn’t have to make wide receiver-esque moves to make the grab. And I know over the course of their respective careers, Lough has the edge defensively, but from what I’ve seen this year? Completely unimpressed. I’d rather have a small step back defensively in Young, but much much more offense.

    Frustrated. I think the word I’m looking for to describe the last 2 losses is frustrated. So many little errors and mistakes that could have very easily changed the outcome in the Orioles favor. And overall they just look disheartened out there. They better perk up for today. They embarrassed themselves on national TV last night. Don’t do it again.

    • spudchukar - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      One can make a valid argument that Young’s offense overcomes his defense, and Lough’s defense isn’t enough to overshadow his ineptness at the plate, but about that supposed “small step backwards” is significantly greater than you opine. The difference should be measured in miles rather than feet.

  10. Jack Marshall - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    A blatant example of the stupid transfer rule interpretation also helped sink the O’s. Just ridiculous. Even more ridiculous than ESPN’s goofs attributing Boston’s meaningless early season hitting slump to the absence of Jacoby Ellsbury.

  11. aresachaela - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    THE THUMBING DOWN BRIGADE HAS ARRIVED!! CALL IN THE THUMBS UP REINFORCEMENTS!! HAHAHAHA XD!!

    • Reflex - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      Done.

      • aresachaela - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        Thanks Reflex XD!!

      • Reflex - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:22 AM

        I will send you a bill for my thumbs up services.

  12. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    And can we PLEASE discuss the BS exchange rule today?!?! For all of the self-inflicted damage the O’s laid out yesterday, the other glaring issue was the horrendous exchange rule call that helped Boston tie it up in the 7th. That killed me yesterday. Flaherty had possession, then dropped on the exchange. There’s an out at second. And like Buck said, they will not overturn that with the current replay rules. It’s bogus. And being told by the officiating crew on the game winning flub in the 9th that they would not review whether or not Pedroia went back to tag up because “it is non-reviewable”, although the rule book for reviews says it is reviewable? Awesome.

  13. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    “but this much is true: if Gerrit Cole simply takes the ball and goes back to the mound without jawing at Gomez, (a) Gomez looks like a guy who misjudged his hit and almost got thrown out foolishly; and (b) no brawl happens.”

    Craig – you are not implying Cole it to blame, are you? There is an unwritten rule that if a pitcher says something to you, you have to throw a Helmut?

    Both acted like jackwagons, so don’t go taking sides

    • baberuthslegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      Helmut?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      I said he was wrong to throw the helmet. But that fight never happens unless Cole starts telling Gomez to fuck off or whatever.

      • cur'68 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        Dude. How come you get to cuss and we don’t? I like me a good cuss now and then.

        Over here you got your favouritism….

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        Got any evidence that is what Cole actually said? Why do you always give Puig the benefit of the doubt but now you get to put words in Cole’s mouth?

      • cur'68 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        babyfart: go look at the clip and listen to it. He’s audibly swearing at Gomez.

  14. philliesblow - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    The Angels 1st inning D looked like something out of Little League. Craziest part was that Conger tried to throw out Kinsler at 2B on the pitch that was ball 4 to Cabrera.

    What a difference a year makes:
    4/20/13 – Porcello’s line against the Angels: 2/3 IP, 9 hits 9 ER
    4/20/14 – Porcello’s line against the Angels: 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER

  15. roundballsquarebox24 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Sorry for this long post, only read this if you care. I know I posted this on the original post yesterday but I just want this to reach as many people as possible because this is a very touchy subject to me, so sorry about that as well. I think that the abundance of these brawls and hard feelings about things like this is a huge cultural clash. I am not saying that Gomez is excused for what he did because of his culture. He had absolutely no excuse to take off his helmet and throw it. For that I think that he deserved to get ejected. But, the way that Gomez plays is just the way that baseball is played in the Caribbean. I am a lifelong baseball lover, and having moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic at age 15, I now love and appreciate the two very different styles of baseball. When I moved here 27 years ago I tried out and easily got onto my high school baseball team. I was a shortstop back on the island since the age of 5. Back home, the only way that I knew how to play the game was all-out. I had never heard the term “act like you’ve been there”, but if I had to say something about that it would have been more like “act like this is your first and last time here”. I soon realized that everything I did, that came naturally to me, was wrong, and unintentionally hurting somebody’s feelings or getting somebody angry. I can’t flip my bat on a double? Back home it was different. We would flip our bats on a single that barely got past the diving shortstop! Sometimes he would get up and point at you, and shout something like “Yeah? Hit it over here again, I dare you!”, then a grin would show up on his face. No hard feelings, we’re playing the game. Eventually, I started to understand the concept of baseball in the United States, and I really began to respect and admire it. A gentleman’s game. Played with class and a sense of respect towards your opposition. Baseball as I knew it was hard, aggressive, similar to Soccer in Brazil. If you take me down swinging looking like a fool, you pump your fist and give me a look that says “Yeah, I got you, go sit down”. It’s okay. When I get you (homer or not, when you made a mistake and I capitalized), I flip the bat and watch my handiwork, then I look at you with a look that says “Yeah!, what now?”. It was cool! After the game we would laugh about it. But then I understood the American concept, and tried my best to do it right. But it seemed like every game, I would do something that I found out was also frowned upon. I can’t steal a bag with a big lead late in the game? I can’t bunt either? I eventually learned all of the ins and outs of how it’s done here. But I was never able to implement it 100%. Any time I was in an adrenaline-driven moment, I did something that I “shouldn’t” have done here, but would be applauded in my earlier playing days. So the point of this long post is to kind of show how one can feel when you are playing a completely different game than what you have known. Baseball is baseball but the way that the game is executed is certainly different. Even the way that you field a ground ball has more “flash”. This was high school; I could not imagine what some of these guys feel in the Big Leagues. Watching the Dominican team in the WBC last year drew tears from my father and I. The way they were playing! These guys try very hard to do it right in the MLB clubs, but in the WBC they said “no, we’re playing for our country and we’re doing it our way here! so Yeah, we’re flipping bats and jumping out of the dugout!”

    • Kevin S. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      Pro-tip: If you want people to read your novel, don’t go all James Joyce on it. Breaks in the flow are your friend.

      • roundballsquarebox24 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        Thanks, that makes sense. Writing was never my favorite thing to do, but I felt like I had to write this.

      • Old Gator - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        Finnegan’s Wake just sold out its initial and second Chinese print run within two weeks – granted, fourteen thousand copies in a nation of over a billion isn’t exactly 随风而逝 but at the equivalent of thirteen bucks a pop, which is still a week’s wages or more for lots of folks, that ain’t half bad. Keep streamin’ that consciousness, Issy.

    • renaado - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      Truly a wonderful post man, Baseball surely is a noble game. Yes, its true every country has it’s way of playing Baseball it just depends on how you were taught on playing the game. The World Baseball Classic taught us a wonderful concept that there are different kinds of playing style in Baseball from other countries. But for me when the next WBC comes in 2017 they really shouldn’t include this so called unwritten rules there. Cause playing for a country and showing your pride that you truly care about the game and how to win is certainly different from the MLB ( Yes there is some pride when you’ve gain achievement and recognition, but playing with your fellow countryman even though some of em are from a different team or league is certainly a wonderful feeling…). A 162 game regular season is different from a tournament bein played for probably only a month featurin the flag of your country your playing.

    • cur'68 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      Don’t sell yourself short on the “writing was never your favourite thing”. You’re not bad. Some people on here have really extensive blogs, too. Check a few out. You can learn a lot about writing in venues like this. I know there’s plenty who comment to make trouble and cause a ruckus but there are also some who like to talk baseball and like to spin a good anecdote.

      Knowing others read your words and get to know a bit about how you think is good for you. Sometimes, even in the snarkiest response there is a pearl of wisdom, so never be so offended you can’t learn. There’s a real trick you can pick up if you pay attention to the sarcasm here; how to say a massive thing with a few words.

      Over all, I liked your comment. Its a really good story and the last 4 sentences could have stood alone to say most of it.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        Pro-tip: Also avoid superfluous u’s in your words. Some people gotta baroque up their vocabulary and some people go with elegant simplicity. USA! USA! USA!

      • cur'68 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        I write the Queen’s English. So there.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        *Qeens

    • clemente2 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Good post. The details were all relevant.

  16. dcarroll73 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Denard Span with the winning sac fly! When he was activated from the DL the day before, I was the only one who even commented (and I admit I was a bit snarky.) Way to go, Denard!

    • NatsLady - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      Barely 24 hours after being activated off MLB’s concussion DL, Span admittedly worried for a second about too much roughhousing from his teammates. Then again, you don’t get these opportunities every day, so he wasn’t about to turn into a party-pooper.

      I was screaming so loud. I was so into the moment,” he said. “At the same time, I’m thinking: ‘Don’t hit me upside the head too hard! I just came off the DL!’ In that moment, it’s the adrenaline and just the excitement. I was in the moment, having fun.”

      http://natsinsider.com/2014/04/20/nats-grind-their-way-to-walk-off-victory/

  17. 4d3fect - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    HOW MANY INFIELDERS ARE THERE?

    • Kevin S. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!!

    • aresachaela - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      I LOVE CAPS XD!!

      • 4d3fect - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        Sorry, eh, couldn’t figure out a better way of implying shouting in Cardassian.

  18. happytwinsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    And on the third day the great stone was rolled back and emerged a hughes, functionally competent for twice three innings, not the previously unavailing five. so pursued the bloodied but unbowed army of the north, both the royal golden carriage nosily clambering the cobbled roads leading to no where’s from the destiny condemned versailles, and the self-knowing fearful kitten, squeezing through the ajar window to yet again squirt away through the quiet, but not unnoticed grass.

    Mine eyes have seen the glory of …

    • nbjays - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Wait… what? You realize that YESTERDAY was 4-20, right? Is this just residual effects?

      • 4d3fect - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:39 AM

        Still way baked.

  19. uyf1950 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    The Yankees won the bookends of their 4 games series with the Rays. Anytime the Yankees can escape the Trop with a split it’s good series for them. Traditionally the Yankees have the worst time winning games there. So Sundays win was a good one. Now on to Boston for 3.

    • spudchukar - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      UYF, my good friend, my how times have changed. When Yankee fans are satisfied with a road split against a division foe, in which they were outscored, 31-21, missed their ace, while their #2, #3, and #5 guys are on the DL. And about those Pinstripe bull pen dudes “who would be in many teams starting rotation”, who exactly are those guys?

      Good Luck in your upcoming series against the Sox, I’ll be rootin’ for you but success in my mind would still be at least 2 out of 3.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        Nothings changed. Anyone familiar with the Yankees/Rays history knows the Yankees always have trouble with the Rays at the Trop. You should know that.

  20. mlblogstomsinger1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    And you, of course, know that Cole was hurling F-bombs because you were within earshot. You are a joke, have always been and continue to prove it. Blog on, little man.

    • nbjays - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      Boy, thank God you are here with your infinite wisdom to point that out for us…

      Go back to PFT please.

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        So with cheaters Craig has standards of proof and evidence and stuff, but in the case of Cole he can just make up what he said so his “unwritten rules” narrative works? Got it.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      Blog on, little man.

      Says a guy who blogs for mlb…

    • cur'68 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      I think the fact that YOU CAN HEAR COLE cursing out Gomez in the clip is pretty much conclusive evidence that he said what Craig reported. MLB might have cleaned it up for posting but if you bother to check other news sites you can hear him clearly. He wasn’t saying “Ya nearly got me, bud!”

    • clemente2 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      Are you deaf? Several sites have clear audio of this. Cole is profane and angry and personal.

  21. pwshrugged - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    That Tigers game was something else. Kinsler’s getting too much credit for his base-running, though; he held up at one point and almost got thrown out because of it. Still, awesome to see THREE errors on one play. And of course, a totally innocuous play, at that – Kinsler was stealing on what ended up a walk! The throw to 2B was completely superfluous! And even on that, that happens – but both Trout’s throw to the infield and then Santiago’s throw to Conger were patently awful. Still, Kinsler scores from first on a walk and three errors. Awesome.

    As for that brawl, isn’t that already the second time someone agitated the other team with a bat-flip on a ball that didn’t go out? I’m all for having fun and I still think Prince Fielder has the pimpest bat-flip in the league, but come on… save it for the no-doubters, fellas. Showboating on a ball that doesn’t go out just makes you look like an idiot.

  22. spudchukar - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Here is the thing about playing with “flair”. It is an attention getting device. Extra attention leads to extra examination, which then leads to scrutiny. I would fight to my death defending the right to play with all the hot dogging, exuberance, or nonchalance that one chooses, but with that comes the limelight, which some players have decided isn’t worth the effort, others out of opting not to “show up” the opposition, and some just from personal style.

    Sometimes, allowing a sleeping dog to lie, is more prudent. “Flair”, may excite the crowd and to a lesser degree one’s teammates, but it has a tendency to awaken the opposition too. That wasn’t necessarily the case in the tightly contested encounter on Sunday, but Milwaukee did hold the advantage in the series at that point.

    Plus, it isn’t as if Gomez doesn’t come with a much warranted reputation. He is a great talent, who struggled mightily for a number of teams before breaking out with the Brewers. He plays very hard, for which he should be admired, but my guess is that he will be encouraged to “tone it down” by fellow teammates and management, with the understanding that he is only making it more difficult for his team. It isn’t as if Gomez doesn’t have the reputation of “showing up the opposition”. And my guess is that if teams magnified his failures similarly, he wouldn’t take a likin’ to it.

  23. Reflex - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    I mentioned this yesterday, but this post gets more traffic: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CME4ROM/

    Ball Four by Jim Bouton is only $1.99 on the Kindle right now. Hell of a deal for probably the best baseball book ever written.

    I will now cease my unsanctioned advertising. ;)

  24. jdd428 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    CORRECTION: No player hit multiple homers in the White Sox-Rangers game. Accuracy = credibility.

  25. Old Gator - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    It’s a long way home for the Crew of the Minnow, and the Feesh can reach up and touch the strange attractor this morning. Let’s see if they can dent it from below.

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