Some assorted reaction and befuddlement to Edwin Jackson’s no-hitter against the Rays on Friday night.
- Jon Paul Morosi: “I’ll admit that the final tally — 149 pitches, eight walks — looks a
little absurd. But 2010 is the “Year of the 0.” We witnessed three perfect games
(unofficially) in less than one month. A no-hitter? Routine.”
- A.J. Hinch: “You do want to make smart decisions, but you do have a chance at
history and you don’t want to take it away from him. And that’s for everybody involved, from the team, to the fans, to
anybody that was included in this game. It was the most bizarre
no-hitters you’ll ever be around.”
- Joe Maddon: “He throws 68 pitches after just three innings and settles in and
pitches like he did? You’ve got to give him a lot of
credit. He’s a horse and a great athlete. He’s a great kid and he
deserved to do that tonight. Hats off to him; he’s a wonderful man.”
- Edwin Jackson: “After the fifth, I looked up there, and I was like,
‘Wow, after all
this, there’s still no hits?”
- Mel Stottlemeyer: “I was kind of kidding that he was an error and eight walks away from
having a perfect game.”
- Eric Stangel: “Edwin Jackson throws no-no. There are now more
pitchers who have thrown a no hitter this season than those who haven’t.”
- Joe Lemire: “Thus, the smart move for the Diamondbacks, who are already 14.5 games
out of first place and would need a miracle to contend for the playoffs
this season, would be to give Jackson a few extra days before his next
outing or skip that next start altogether.”
- Edwin Jackson: “If he wants to skip me (in the rotation), that’s fine. If he just wants to give
me a day off, that’s fine, too.”
- Rob Neyer: “For baseball, it means another chance to trumpet the effectiveness of
its drug policy. Hitting isn’t down nearly as much this season as you
might think (or as you’ve been told) … but it’s down some, and last
year it was down from the year before. We’ve seen four no-hitters
already this season and while we might not see another, this does seem
to be a new era, an era in which pitchers will somewhat regularly do
incredible things. Even pitchers like Dallas Braden and Jackson.”
MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that the Blue Jays are closing in on a deal with free agent outfielder Jose Bautista. This is not particularly surprising, as Bautista’s market has been slow to develop despite recent reports having listed the Orioles, Twins, and Indians as other interested teams.
Bautista, 36, is coming off of a lackluster 2016 performance. Over 517 plate appearances, the six-time All-Star hit .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI.
The Blue Jays needed to provide some clarity in their outfield as Ezequiel Carrera was listed first on the depth chart. Bautista, of course, will supplant him if and when the deal is finalized.
Astros pitcher Collin McHugh was among those who took to social media on Saturday after Donald Trump disparaged Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis on Twitter.
During NBC News’ “Meet the Press” interview on Friday, Lewis called Trump’s presidency into question, casting doubt on its legitimacy after the alleged tampering of the election results by Russian hackers. In response, Trump posted a series of tweets that criticized Lewis for not spending enough time “fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested),” despite ample evidence to the contrary.
Trump also accused Lewis of being “all talk, talk, talk – no actions or results.” The Congressman, whose efforts to further civil rights span over 50 years, served as chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from 1963-66 and is considered one of the six fundamental leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.
McHugh was one of many to call out Trump on Twitter, defending Lewis and speaking directly to his own experiences in Atlanta:
Last year, McHugh was also one of several players to speak out on social media when Trump dismissed his own crude, misogynistic comments as “locker room talk” after an Access Hollywood video was leaked prior to the election.
I don't like to comment on politics publicly. I never feel competent or knowledgeable enough to say something that a thousand more well-informed people haven't already said. However, I feel the need to comment on the language that Donald Trump classified the other day as "locker room talk", given my daily exposure to it. Have I heard comments like Trump's (i.e. sexist, disrespectful, crude, sexually aggressive, egotistical, etc.) in a clubhouse? Yes. But I've also heard some of those same comments other places. Cafes, planes, the subway, walking down the street and even at the dinner table. To generalize his hateful language as "locker room talk" is incredibly offensive to me and the men I share a locker room with every day for 8 months a year. Men of conscience and integrity, who would never be caught dead talking about women in that way. You want to know what "locker room talk" sounds like from my first hand perspective? Baseball talk. Swinging, pitching, home runs, double plays, shifts. The rush of victory and the frustration of defeat. Family talk. Nap schedules for our kids. Loneliness of being on the road so much. Off-season family vacations. And most importantly, coffee talk! The best places to find quality #coldbrew. What's currently brewing on the #aeropress in the empty locker between me and Doug, affectionately known as #CafeStros? How strong do you need it today? Kid wouldn't sleep last night? I'll make it a little stronger for ya. Maybe Mr. Trump does talk like that in his country club locker room. Perhaps he's simply not privy to the kind of conversations that take place in other locker rooms. But as for me and my @astros team, our "locker room talk" sounds absolutely nothing like his. And I couldn't be more proud of that.
While some applauded McHugh for his strong words on Saturday, the pitcher was quick to state that he doesn’t consider himself “anti-Trump,” just “anti-bullying and pro-respect.”