Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki hit an inside-the-park home run last night against the Padres, except here’s the thing: It wasn’t.
The ball actually cleared the fence just past the out-stretched glove of left fielder Seth Smith for what should have been a regular, old fashioned home run, but the umpire incorrectly believed that the ball had not cleared the wall. So no home run call was made, but Smith didn’t bother chasing after the ball because he thought it was a home run. And then Suzuki just kept running.
Here’s the MLB.com video:
No instant replay required because it would have been a home run either way, and this way we at least got to see Suzuki’s huge smile and hear Minnesota announcer Bert Blyleven’s laughter.
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As we noted, Bryce Harper was ejected in the Phillies-Mets game for arguing balls and strikes, punctuating the ejection with a fairly aggressive argument in which he sorta shoved his manager into the ump, had to be held back by teammates and may very well have earned himself a suspension.
We’ll see about the suspension part, but even if he didn’t anger Rob Manfred over all of that, he did annoy his teammate, Jake Arrieta, who was on the mound last night. Here were Arrieta’s comments after the game:
“Look, I mean, [Harper’s] got to understand we need him in right field,” Arrieta said. “I don’t care how bad the umpire is. He wasn’t great for either side. I’m out there trying to make pitches, and he misses some calls. So what? We need him out there. I need him in right field, I need him at the plate, and he wasn’t there. So that hurts.
“We were flat from start to finish. Two-hour delay, it doesn’t matter. We have to be ready to play. We weren’t, and it showed. The dugout was flat. The defense wasn’t good. Didn’t throw the ball well as a staff overall. We got beat. We started at 8:45. I don’t think our guys were ready to play. We’ve got to come out tomorrow ready to play.”
For Harper’s part he was contrite after the game, echoing Arrieta’s words about needing to keep a level head and about him being more useful in the game than in the clubhouse. Still, he got told by his teammate. And seems to know he got told.