Another fun thing from that Tigers exhibition game yesterday. Joel Zumaya plunked one of the college players, who then pretended to be angry and acted like the umpire was holding him back from charging the mound. Funny! Just as funny was Zumaya’s reaction:
“I wasn’t sure at first that he (wasn’t going to charge the mound) so I thought ‘I hope you’re 18 years old, kid, because
I’m going beat your butt.'”
Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.
Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”
It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.
Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.