Back in 1982 Pascual Perez was late for a game with the Braves when he kept circling the city on I-285, unable to find the stadium. That’s still the best reason I’ve ever heard for being late, but Twins’ pitcher Jose Mijares is probably in second place:
Lefthander Jose Mijares reported to camp on Tuesday
after finally boarding a flight from Caracas, Venezuela to the United
Mijares said he tried to board a flight on Sunday
but got caught up in a security check while the plane loaded and
departed. According to Mijares, police were suspicious about some hair
gel in his luggage.
Mijares was eventually allowed to take a later flight, but not until he was subjected to enhanced interrogation and admitted to the possession of vast quantities of weapons-grade Dippity-Do.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.