Craig Calcaterra

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Jered Weaver gets ejected for being a jackass

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Kyle Seager was facing Jered Weaver in the fifth inning of last night’s Angels-M’s game. After a pitch that didn’t go where Weaver wanted it to go, Seager stepped out, stepped back in and did the call time thing as he dug in. Given that he hadn’t swung our fouled off the pitch before, baseball’s new speed-it-up rules regime requires Seager to stay in the box and get ready for the next pitch in a timely manner. He didn’t take a long walk around the block or anything, but yes, let us grant that Seager was being a bit pokey.

After Weaver came to get set again, Seager made a BIG show of calling for another time out from the ump. Which, OK, kind of a jackass move. But a pretty funny jackass move if we’re being honest. I mean, really, watch the video below and tell me you didn’t laugh when Seager called time at the 35 second mark. That’s comedy right there.

Weaver didn’t think it was very funny, though, and with his next pitch he plunked Seager and got ejected:

No matter how annoying Seager was being – and again, I’ll grant he was being something of a pain in the butt — throwing a pitch at a batter on purpose is dangerous and idiotic and has no place in the game.

And no, Angels announcers, your immediate defense of Weaver on the play isn’t exactly a case of you covering yourself in glory either. “It’s almost as if Weaver had no choice but to throw something inside when you see [Seager] doing that,” the Angels color guy said. Which may be the dumbest thing a baseball announcer has said this year. A close second would be the immediately preceding comment condemning the umpire’s quick hook. The pitcher intentionally threw at the batter. That’s ejection-worthy. Should he have waited until next Tuesday to do it?

Pitches can injure. Pitchers have, in the past, killed. And I don’t care if you’ve got better control than Greg Maddux, a pitch can get away from you from time to time. Good for Weaver, I guess, for placing it on Seager’s triceps like I presume he wanted to. But an angry pitcher could have easily missed his mark down a few inches and shattered his elbow or up by a foot or so and beaned him. Even 83 m.p.h. heat can do serious damage.

I hope Weaver gets suspended for this. He damn well should be.

Scott Carroll left his car on a street in Chicago in August. It’s gone now.

The General Motors Co. (GM) Cadillac 2015 Escalade sports utility vehicle (SUV) is displayed during the the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet brand swept the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards at the Detroit auto show today with its Corvette Stingray sports car and Silverado pickup. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Dude, if you ask where your car is after you willingly leave it on the streets of Chicago for over a month, we’re gonna shake our heads. If anyone writes about this and uses the “Dude, where’s my car?” headline, we’re gonna level heavy fines and possibly authorize low-level violence.

Now that that’s out of the way, know that Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports that White Sox reliever Scott Carroll was sent down to Triple-A in early August. When he was sent down, he parked his Cadillac Escalade on a city street, figuring he’d be called back up to Chicago on September 1 when the rosters expanded. He wasn’t, though. He was just called up the other day. And, yep, his car was gone:

“[It was] stolen near Wicker Park off of Damen Avenue, so if anyone knows of a Cadillac Escalade driving around there, that would help out,” Carroll said. “I was gone in Charlotte the whole time, and it was stolen while I was gone. I came back to get my stuff and drive back home, and it was gone.”

There was a time, not terribly long ago, when that was not a great neighborhood. But if my Chicago-fu is correct, it’s now a gentrified-out-the-butt part of the city, so I guess a big ass Cadillac could, at least theoretically, be safe there for a while. Still seems like that’s pushing it, though. And if you make enough to have that car, you make enough to afford a garage or have a buddy drive it down to Charlotte for you or something.

And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Texas Rangers' Bobby Wilson (8) and Rougned Odor, celebrate a two-run home run by Odor off Houston Astros' Dallas Keuchel during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Rangers 14, Astros 3: The narratives are getting hard to ignore, even for an anti-narrative killjoy like me. The Rangers are coming together! It’s gut-check time for Houston! That stuff aside, this is clearly a moment where things feel like they’ve changed in the NL West. Houston has one more chance to make something, anything, of this series tonight, but the Rangers’ five-homer attack last night has to have them feeling woozy. Postgame quote from Rangers manager Jeff Bannister:

“This is not an exhale moment. This is putting a foot down, continue to do your yard work, stay focused.”

The Rangers are doing their yard work with a brand new EZtrak™ Z625 Zero Turn mower from John Deere while wearing noise-canceling headphones and some sweet mirror sunglasses. The Astros have that unreliable neighbor kid with a slingshot in his back pocket pushing one of these:

Mower

 

Cardinals 5, Brewers 4: AP gamer lede:

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Look kid. I know the beat can be a long, hard grind. I know this is game 145 for you and that they sort of blend together in a beige swirl of random baseball and that, quite often, trying to make a story out of random events like you have to do every single night is not an easy job. I know the pay sucks, the travel is life-sapping and that you have to interview people who probably don’t care if you live or die and consider you to be an interloper in their land more often than not. For the job you do I have every bit of respect and for the conditions under which you’re forced to do it I have no shortage of sympathy.

But I’m being dead serious here, kid: use a lede like that again and you’re fired. That’s just terrible.

Tigers 7, Twins 4: Tied at four in the 12th before Ian Kinsler‘s two-out RBI single and J.D. Martinez‘s two-run homer. The AP lede on this one was a bit more poetic than the Cards-Brewers one:

MINNEAPOLIS — The home run hit by Detroit’s J.D. Martinez landed on the emptied metal benches in lower left field, causing a clanging noise that was audible throughout the eerily quiet ballpark.

That was the sound of defeat near the end of a long Wednesday night for postseason-chasing Minnesota.

That’s a guy sucking it up after a long season and doing his job. Could he have started it out with “Theeeirrrrr Grrrreeeat!” Of course he could. He’s a human being with agency and I’m sure his editor cuts him some slack. But he didn’t. Because he’s a damn professional.

(note: there is no way in hell I wouldn’t have used the “Phamtastic!” thing if I had to write that Cardinals gamer. Ain’t gonna lie).

Cubs 3, Pirates 2: Jake Arrieta was cruising until the sixth when a run scored on his own error and lasted eight, but left with a tied game. In the 12th, however, his teammates came through against Vance Worley, stringing together a single, a wild pitch, another single and a sac fly to go ahead for good. The Cubs pull to within three of the Pirates for the top wild card slot and the Pirates fall four back of a thankful St. Louis team for the division lead. Cardinals fans can root for the Cubs one more day — today — before they have to face Chicago this weekend.

Red Sox 10, Orioles 1: Party like it’s 2009: Dustin Pedroia homered twice and drove in five and David Ortiz homered as well.  Partying like it’s, oh, I dunno, 2019, was Henry Owens who gave up six hits over seven and two-thirds shutout innings.

Nationals 12, Phillies 2: A homer for Bryce Harper — who was only seven years-old in 1999 — and two for Jayson Werth, who was 20. Not that I can talk as I was 26, but still. Four wins in a row for Washington, though it’s a little too little, it’s a little too late (Pat Benatar’s “Get Nervous” album came out in 1982 when Werth was three and Harper was -10).

Yankees 3, Rays 1: Luis Severino gave up one run over five and two-thirds and beat Chris Archer while Greg Bird homered and drove in two. Struggling to think of a time when young players were as important to the Yankees as these two are here. New York takes two of three from Tampa Bay and stays three games behind Toronto in the AL East.

Indians 5, Royals 1Francisco Lindor‘s push for the Rookie of the Year Award continues as he went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI and Danny Salazar  took a three-hit shutout into the seventh. The Royals have dropped nine of 12.

Blue Jays 9, Braves 1: David Price allowed one run in seven innings and Russell Martin hit a homer and drove in four runs. For the Braves, hard luck starter Shelby Miller lost again, but at least he earned this loss, allowing five runs and failing to get out of the fourth inning.

Marlins 6, Mets 0Adam Conley with seven shutout innings as the Fish take two of three from the Mets. This is the first time the Mets lost two in a row since the end of August and the first time they were shutout since way back on July 23. They face the Yankees this weekend and I figure someone will talk about it being a possible preview of a “Subway Series,” which really, is a brand of hype I ain’t ready for yet. Get everyone past the wild card game and I’ll indulge it, but not now guys, OK?

White Sox 9, Athletics 4: A six-run fourth inning for Chicago settled this. Mike Olt homered in that inning. Glad for that, as I was about to send out a search party for him. I mean, how could the Opening Day starting third baseman for the playoff-bound Chicago Cubs just disappear like that between April and September? It’s almost like, maybe, he didn’t really deserve that job and merely had it because of roster shenanigans. But glad to see his year ending on a somewhat higher note.

Padres 4, Diamondbacks 3: Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer in the fifth for the winning margin. With the Padres stinkin’ most of the year it’s easy to forget that Kemp was supposed to be a key acquisition for them. Not a great year on the rate stats but OK on the power — .265/.313/.443 with 22 homers and 97 RBI — but maybe the most significant thing about him is that he’s played in 144 of the Padres 147 games. I don’t think anyone expected MVP Matt Kemp to come back, but durable, useful, second-or-third-level offensive threat Matt Kemp was reasonable and that’s basically what he’s been.

Mariners 3, Angels 1: This time last year Jesus Montero was a disgraced figured, suspended by his team for getting into a fight with a scout over that ice cream sandwich incident which, while sorta hilarious, was kind of funny. Last night he hit a three-run homer which provided all of the offense the M’s needed. He’s certainly not a complete ballplayer and his future in the game is pretty damn far from secure, but at least he’s serving as evidence that anyone can turn things around if they have some talent and determination.

Dodgers 2, Rockies 0: Alex Wood put in a performance showing that it doesn’t necessarily have to be a two-man show in the Dodgers rotation. Eight shutout one-hit innings for the kid, striking out five, needing only 78 pitches to get through those innings. Bully for Wood, but maybe someone should see if the Rockies had late dinner plans or something they were hell-bent on not breaking.

Giants 5, Reds 3: Jake Peavy went six innings, got the win and hit a homer. Not too bad. Giants pitchers have nine homers on the year. No other team’s pitchers have more than two.