Franklin Gutierrez batted twice in the Mariners’ five-run second inning last night, but then left the game after reportedly hyperventilating in the dugout. Here’s more from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times:
Gutierrez said he was “obviously” frightened because he’d never experienced something like that. He wasn’t sure whether his troubles catching his breath were related to a stomach ailment that knocked him from a pair of games over the weekend.
“I feel better right now,” he said. “We’ll see what happens tomorrow.” The A’s team doctor examined Gutierrez on-site and told the player there didn’t appear to be anything seriously wrong.
I’m not doctor, but the weekend stomach ailment sure seems like the most probable explanation. After all, why would anyone get that worked up over a meaningless early September game between a 55-84 team and a 68-70 team? It’s not like Gutierrez was in a pressure-packed situation, like a junior-high dance or something. Not that I’d know anything about that either.
Also, apparently the whole “breathe-into-a-paper-bag” thing is a myth. Based on my experience, the only cure is to stop going to dances.