Roy Halladay was forced from his start Monday against the Cubs because of a heat-related illness, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports.
The gametime temperature in Chicago tonight was 91 degrees. CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury points out that Halladay opened the game with red undershirt, but that it was gone when he came out for the fourth inning.
His early departure ended a string of 63 straight road starts in which he had lasted at least six innings. It was the longest such streak since The Big Train, Walter Johnson, did it in 82 starts in a row from 1911-15.
Halladay was charged with three runs in four-plus innings in the game and went on to take the loss in a 6-1 game. It was his shortest outing since he left his June 12, 2009 start for the Blue Jays with a groin injury in the fourth.
Ichiro wore a fake mustache to sneak into the Mariners’ dugout
Ichiro Suzuki is now a Mariners employee and, as such, he’s not allowed to sit in the dugout during a game. That’s for coaches and players only.
He knows that, too. Indeed, on the day Ichiro announced his sorta-retirement, he talked about how it was going to be hard not to be down on the field with the other players. He even made a ridiculous joke about how, “[he] can’t say for certain that maybe [he] won’t put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout.”
In related news, this mysterious stranger was seen by an Associated Press photographer in the Mariners dugout during the first couple of innings of the M’s-Yankees game:
No beard, but I guess that joke was not very ridiculous after all. Either way, by the end of the second inning — poof — he was gone.
Obviously, when something interesting like this happens you mustache an expert for their opinion on the matter. To that end, the Associated Press reached Bobby Valentine, who famously did the same thing after an ejection way back in 1999, for comment:
“He was perfect. I never would have known it was him.”
Valentine was suspended for two games and fined $5,000. I’m assuming Ichiro won’t get hit quite as hard given that he wasn’t defying an umpire’s authority, but even if he does have to pay a fine, he’ll likely do so willingly.