Twins 2 - Nationals 1
I need to make this quick this evening. It's late, I'm exhausted, and I need to get some sleep.
But I wanted to fire off a couple things that are on my mind...
I'm fired up (in the annoyed way) that MLB fined Gardy for "failing to comply with pace of game regulations" last weekend. What? O.M.G. So the umpire makes a questionable call that he has to know will bring the manager out to argue, and the league fines the manager for slowing down the game? I have an idea -- how about the umpires refrain from baiting the players and managers, and that would help a lot. Ridiculous.
I'm fired up (also in the annoyed way) at ESPN's BBTN. They were going over the best web gems of the first half of the season, and our own Nicky Punto was number 1. To be honest, I don't really remember that particular game, but he was playing third base and we were facing the Angels (I think). Anyways, he did one of his patented super-hero, horizontal, diving, simultaneous catch-throw things. It was awesome. But I got fired up when one of the bone-headed former-athlete announcers said something like "What ever happened to him? If he's still in the majors, he's got to be doing that all the time." To which I screamed at the TV "He's on the DL you moron! And when he does play, he DOES do that all the time! Way to know your stuff, dip-[bleep]!!!"
I'm fired up (in an amused way) at our favorite MLB owner, Hank Steinbrenner. He blasted the National League rules after Chien-Ming Wang hurt his foot running the bases. How big of an ego do you have to have to: 1) honestly believe that a freak accident is really a conspiracy against his team, and 2) the rest of the MLB needs to change the rules just for the benefit of his team? What a piece of work.