Sometimes I think I have a Twitter problem. Then I realize that there are people worse off than me. Like Diamondbacks’ pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who talks about the scary moments after being hit in the head with that comebacker that caused him to have brain surgery:
“As early as being on the ambulance on the way to the hospital, I was trying to think up funny tweets, and right as I regained consciousness it was kind of back to the same thing”
The first step in dealing with addiction is admitting you have a problem, Brandon.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.