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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 4: One of four games to require 10 frames last night. This from the AP gamer:
Reliever Matt Reynolds tried to outthink his former teammate, guess what pitch Wilin Rosario would be looking for and throw the opposite. Only, Rosario knew Reynolds was trying to get inside his head, so ...
Long story short, Rosario spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder, thus his game-winning RBI single in the 10th.
Angels 12, Mariners 0: As Matt noted, Trout hit for the cycle. May be the first bit of actual fun the Angels and their fans have had all year. Now, pardon me while I go re-litigate the 2012 MVP race again like the Cabrera people did when he hit three homers the other night. Oh, wait, I won't do that because I'm not a crazy person.
Orioles 3, Yankees 2: This one ended on a Nate McLouth walkoff bomb. Chris Dickerson hit two homers. Those homers were Phil Hughes' only two blemishes, but they were enough to get it to extras.
Pirates 5, Cubs 4: A pinch hit grand slam for Travis Snider in the sixth spoiled Matt Garza's return. Garza pitched well but, unfortunately, the Cubs have a bullpen.
Tigers 5, Indians 1: Max Scherzer was dominant, allowing one earned run in eight innings and at one point retiring 22 straight Tribe hitters. Miguel Cabrera homered again and is now one bomb off triple crown pace.
Braves 5, Twins 4: Evan Gattis hit a tying homer in the ninth and Freddie Freeman singled in Jason Heyward in the 10th. It was Bobby Cox' and Kent Hrbek's birthdays yesterday. Glad one of 'em is sad and one of 'em is happy.
Rays 4, Blues Jays 3: The second straight Alex Cobb start that went 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER. If he made that his thing he'd have a pretty nice career. A late rally for the Jays but it fell just short.
Reds 4, Mets 0: Mike Leake shut the Mets out on three hits over seven innings and the pen handled the other two. The Mets offense is, whoa.
Athletics 1, Rangers 0: Yu Darvish's last start was billed as a pitcher's duel. It wasn't. This one was, but Drew Straily bested him, tossing seven two-hit shutout innings.
Phillies 7, Marlins 3: I guess Ryan Howard's knee is OK. The big guy drove in three on a pair of RBI singles. Delmon Young homered. Most of the Phillies' damage came after Jose Fernandez left after five.
Brewers 5, Dodgers 2: Zack Greinke had a nice run at Miller Park when he was with the Brewers. Not so nice last night as he surrendered five runs on nine hits in four innings. The Dodgers offense all came via Greinke's helping his own cause and a Nick Punto RBI. In other words, the big guns.
White Sox 3, Red Sox 1: Sox win.
Royals 7, Astros 3: Houston took a three-run lead into the top of the seventh and then the Royals put up two-, four- and one-spots in the seventh, eighth and ninth. Is a one-spot a thing? OK, sure it is.
Cardinals 10, Padres 2: Adam Wainwright coulda sucked last night and the Cards still woulda been OK, what with five runs to play with while he was in the game. He didn't suck (7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 6K). And the Cards woulda bailed him out with five more late runs anyway.
Giants 4, Nationals 2: The Braves rallied and won in the 10th, the Nats got rallied against and lost in the 10th. Trains heading in different directions this past week, with the Nats now 4.5 back.
Ejections happen most every day in baseball, but the ejection that happened 20 years ago today was like virtually none other.
Typically it comes when a player or manager argues with an umpire and says the magic word to earn the old heave-ho. But on May 22, 1993, it wasn’t a manager or player getting ejected. And the ejection didn’t happen due to an argument with the umpire.
Typically the ejection happens after a call that doesn’t go the team’s way. But 20 years ago, strangely enough, that wasn’t the case. This was a very different ejection indeed.
But the most notable part of the ejection was the person being ejected. You see, it wasn’t a person at all, it was a giant foam rubber costume. Specifically, it was BJ Birdy, the mascot for the Toronto Blue Jays.
It was May 22, 1993 when Toronto hosted the Minnesota Twins and it didn’t take long for Birdy to go bye-bye.
In the bottom of the first, Roberto Alomar came to the plate with none on and one out, and he promptly drilled one to left that Minnesota outfielder David McCarty tried to catch. Was it a hit or an out?
The man in the form rubber mask was sure he knew—it was a hit! Of course it was a hit! He knew it was a hit! And that wasn’t all. Birdy also knew that second base umpire Jim McKean blew the call.
Well no self-respecting mascot was going to take that lying down. So Birdy tried rile up the Saturday crowd of 50,510 against the ump. That’ll show him!
Yeah, well, there are a few problems here. First the good news. Birdy was right—the ball was trapped. But he was wrong in thinking the umpire blew the call. In fact, McKean called it “no catch” and Alomar skated into second with a double.
Oh, and Birdy doesn’t really have the authority to show up McKean. You know who does have the authority to show someone up? The umpire, that’s who. For trying to incite the crowd against the umpire—and not even realizing the umpire made the right call (a call that helped the home team), Birdy got the thumb.
The rest of the game was pretty generic. Alomar scored a few seconds later on a Paul Molitor single, and Toronto went on to romp, 7-0. But not before the Jays' mascot got ejected for arguing on a call that went his team’s way. Weird. And that weirdness was 20 years ago today.
Aside from that, many other events today celebrate their anniversary or “day-versary” (which is something occurring X-thousand days ago). Here they are, with the better ones in bold if you’d rather just skim.
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