“I’ve been thinking recently, the Prince of Wales gave up the British throne to marry an American woman, which immediately
disqualified him, and I thought, My God, if he can give up the British
throne for his wife, maybe I can give up baseball.”
— Vin Scully on the thought process he goes through when he thinks about when, if ever, he’s going to retire. What Scully doesn’t note, however, is that he’s way more important to baseball than some accident of birth, hoity toity royal is to the people of the United Kingdom.
Read the whole story, by the way, which is by Tyler Kepner of the New York Times. He also has a fuller account of his interview with Scully that is more than worth your time.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.