After discussing Lou Piniella’s first ejection of the season in my last entry, I can’t help but show you the spectacular footage of Rome Braves manager Randy Ingle going absolutely nuts after being tossed from a Single-A game recently:
Not only did Ingle get in the umpire’s face to scream insults and then
unearth third base, he proceeded to actually use the base as a prop in
his amusing recreation of the overturned home run that had him arguing
in the first place. Plenty of manager ejections involve a middle-aged
man acting like a child in front of thousands of people, but how many
of them feature a reenactment?
As opposing manager Dave Machemer put it: “Pretty good. I’d give it a 9.5.”
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: