Yesterday a reader sent me an email noting that the Padres’ ten-game losing streak coincided perfectly with announcer Dick Enberg’s absence to cover the U.S. Open. I was tempted to dismiss this theory until I realized that I have never been in the same room as Dick Enberg and I had never won a major league baseball game either. Coincidence? Doubtful.
Thankfully, however, Padres fans can abandon their plans to kidnap Enberg and bring him back to California, because the Padres finally won a game without him. They beat the Dodgers 4-2, thanks in part to Nick Hundley, who was 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI. Hundley, by the way, can’t be blamed for the streak. He’s 12 for 38 with two homers and seven RBI over his last 12 games.
Now it gets fun, though: two more against the Dodgers and than four (4)(IV) games against the Giants. All of which they’ll have to face without Dick Enberg. Oh, my!
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.