By now every baseball fan and sports fan in general has seen the highlights involving Jered Weaver, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen. Many Tigers fans were upset about Weaver throwing at Avila and many were upset about E. Aybar “breaking baseball etiquette” by dropping a bunt down in the top of the 8th inning. However, if somebody didn’t actually watch the game — and they’re basing their opinion on highlights alone, forming an opinion on what truly happened is difficult to do.
Whether or not Magglio Ordonez wasn’t trying to show up Weaver is debatable. However, that was just water under the bridge. Ordonez and Weaver faced each other a few innings later and things were over with… that is until Carlos Guillen did a lot more than “break baseball etiquette” with his showboating and standing in the box (for his 2nd HR of the year). Did I expect Weaver to throw at Avila immediately following? Absolutely. If you watched the game and saw what Guillen did, it would be hard not to expect Weaver to make a statement with a high and tight pitch. After all, Weaver has the same competitiveness as guys like Bob Gibson and Nolan Ryan who would have done the same thing.
There have been several Tigers fans on twitter talking about how it was out of control to throw at Avila. But let me say this: Justin Verlander wants to plunk Aybar for dropping down a bunt — what do you think he’d do if a 2-HR guy stood in the box, flipped his bat, taunted and ran parallel to him on his way to 1st base? Call me bias, But a 100 mph Verlander fastball up and in seems likely. That is how the game is played, and that is definitely going to happen with true competitors on the bump.
As far as Aybar’s bunt: I understand the “baseball etiquette” of not breaking up a no-hitter (or attempting to) by squaring around. However, why should the Angels show “baseball etiquette” when the Tigers weren’t showing baseball etiquette on numerous occasions? I don’t even think Aybar would have squared around if Carlos Guillen didn’t do what he did.
We are all certainly entitled to our own opinions. We can judge or have feelings on a player based on what happened — but I think somebody who feels strongly about the situation should have watched the game, rather than depend on the highlights to paint a picture on what truly transpired on that Sunday afternoon.
It’s tough when the All-Star break arrives, only because a few days feels like a few months. However, baseball season is back and most fans are glad the break is over. The All-Star Game was a sub-par event this year because of the ineligible pitchers and because of the players who elected not to attend. I don’t expect the All-Star Games to be like the 1971 All-Star Games…but this one was just bad. No disrespect to either Tyler Clippard or C.J. Wilson, but ten years from now when we look back on it and see Clippard got the W and Wilson got the L, we’re going to have to remind ourselves who they are.
I wouldn’t be surprised if MLB changes the All-Star Games to Wednesday that way there aren’t ineligible pitchers. When you think about the AL having Felix Hernandez, James Shields, Jon Lester, C.C. Sabathia and Justin Verlander all ineligible…you understand why the event was so bland this year.
We didn’t just go back in time seven years to the 2004 Boston Red Sox title run did we? …Could have fooled me.
David “Big Papi” Ortiz is mashing the ball, regardless of what park he is hitting in. He is quietly hitting .323 with 15 HR’s on the year. I’m not a big fan of the “On Pace” statistic because it’s nearly meaningless and doesn’t take countless variables into consideration, but he’s on pace for a .323, 40 HR year.
A random ESPN statistic that obviously very few pitchers know (because they continue to challenge Ortiz and lose): The highest slugging percentages vs. fastballs this year — Alfonso Soriano (.826), David Ortiz (.807), Granderson (.759). Translation: Starting pitchers need to lay off the heat to Ortiz and give him nothing but low and away breaking balls.
The slugging 1B from St. Louis is back. With a career low average of .313 going into this 2011 campaign, it was obviously only a matter of time before he turned it around. Albert Pujols hit a HR in Houston yesterday (6/7/11) that nearly landed in San Antonio. That HR he launched into the train tracks in left field solitified to viewers that he is locked in. Once again, memo to NL starting pitchers: Good luck.
Albert Pujols has hit FIVE homers his last FOUR games. TWO of those homers are walk-offs. How is that for locked in?
I have done my fair share of writing and editing blogs in years past. However, I have now decided to cut straight to the point with information and use this ‘blog’ site as more of a ‘twitter’ news feed update. This will help you readers know the basis of what is going on, without skimming through paragraphs to find what you’re looking for.
From THIS POINT FORWARD my ‘blog’ site will be used to share factual information, statistics and analysis — rather than be solely opinionated. Sure, my opinion will be included (because that is what makes it worth reading), although personal opinions will be limited.
Instead of focusing only on my favorite team (which I have done in years past) I will keep this site open for ANYTHING to do with baseball. All 30 baseball teams apply on this site — not just a selected few like most.