Tyler Kepner of the New York Times has a wonderful story today about one of the longest games in baseball history. The absolute longest if you by actual game time instead of mere innings. It occurred on May 8-9, 1984. Yes, both days, as the Brewers and White Sox started on the 8th, hit curfew on early on the 9th and resumed the game the following day after it was suspended. All-in-all it was 25 innings and lasted over eight hours. The White Sox won.
The winning pitcher? Tom Seaver, who came on in relief once the game resumed the next day. The winning pitcher for the next game, played the same day: Tom Seaver, who was the scheduled starter. He just used that 25-inning affair as warmup.
The story is great beyond those odd facts of a bygone era. Kepner talks to many of the principles and it all rolls out like a wonderful baseball yarn. This is the kind of baseball writing that is most enjoyable. And it’s a great read.
Now, if someone can tell my old butt how a game I remember being talked about at the time as current news can be 30-years-old, I’d greatly appreciate it.
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.
GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”
Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.
Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.
Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.
The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.