Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy had to be carted off the field during Sunday afternoon’s game after Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick crashed into him on a play at home plate in the eighth inning. Today, the Angels announced that Lucroy suffered a concussion and a fractured nose. The club hasn’t yet offered a timetable for Lucroy’s recovery, but noted he will see an ENT (ears, nose, and throat doctor) once the swelling has subsided.
Here was the play in question:
Marisnick was initially called safe, scoring a tie-breaking run. However, the play was reviewed and the ruling was overturned. After the game, Angels manager Brad Ausmus suggested Marisnick be suspended for his reckless and dangerous decision.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina posted the above picture on Instagram last night with the caption, “Bulls—!!!😡😡 MLB need to take action on this Bulls— play! F—! Praying for Lucroy! slide slide slide fu– !!! 😡” Molina also spent time responding to people in the comments, cursing at them and posting middle-finger emojis, so he was clearly fired up about the incident. Several members of the Astros, including Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, and Justin Verlander, also replied to Molina in defense of Marisnick.
Marisnick tweeted after the game, “Through my eyes I thought the play was going to end up on the outside of the plate. I made a split second decision at full speed to slide head first on the inside part of the plate. That decision got another player hurt and I feel awful. I hope nothing but the best for @JLucroy20.”
When the Phillies go on the road, and even sometimes at home, outfielder Bryce Harper is a magnet for hecklers. Fans have been chanting things like “overrated” at him. But it hasn’t really been working.
Last night, Harper was being booed and ridiculed by fans at Fenway Park according to MLB.com’s Jessica Camerato. Harper shut them up with a two-run home run in the fifth inning which gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead, the score by which they would eventually win. Manager Gabe Kapler said, “I thought it was really interesting. There were some hecklers. I don’t know if they were Red Sox [fans] or who they were, but they were on him pretty good up until that moment. That was a pretty explosive moment for the dugout celebration.”
It is not the only time Harper has been heckled only to homer shortly thereafter.
Last week, Harper was 0-for-3 in a game against the Cubs. On his way back to the dugout, a fan yelled, “$330 million, 0-for-3.” Per TMZ Sports, Harper responded, “Shut the f–k up, stupid!” He would go on to hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Two weeks ago in San Francisco, fans chanted “overrated” at Harper. He promptly hit one of his two home runs in the Phillies’ 9-6 victory.
Harper was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2009, when he was 17 years old. Tom Verducci compared him to LeBron James, a comparison that has stuck with Harper ever since. He was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2010 draft. He’s more than used to being in the spotlight and more than used to hearing a little criticism. He lets his haters be his motivators. Maybe his detractors should approach it from the opposite angle — try killing him with kindness. Yelling, “Bryce, you have great hair!” might get him to go on an 0-for-54 skid.