I’m guessing it’s possible there have been worse ones, but Jeff Sullivan makes a pretty darn good case for one put together by Santiago Casilla (batting) and Jose Ceda (pitching) yesterday.
This is why the replacement player gambit never worked back in the 1994-95 strike, by the way. When you pit scrub football players against other scrub football players in combat like the NFL did once upon a time, you get something that still looks like football because everyone sucks equally. In baseball, however, the crappy pitchers have to hit the same basic strike zone that the good pitchers do, and thus the illusion is shattered much more easily.
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.