I had a long article, I spent a little over an hour working on detailing the entire series of events in question. It had video, it had quotes, it had everything. Then I clicked on a google link to find one more picture to use as the featured image, and blammo. My browser stopped responding and crashed, losing all my work. I’ve now learned to smash the “Save Draft” button every 30 seconds. So I’m going to attempt to write up a new post, but this one won’t be as long or as passionate.
So, last night, Jonathan Papelbon decided to take it upon himself to throw at Manny Machado’s head. He did so twice. The first time, Machado ducked out of the way. Then he hit him with the second one. If Manny had not stood up, it would have hit him square on the jaw. You can see the pay here.
This was in apparent retaliation for Machado taking too long to watch a two run home-run off of Max Scherzer two innings prior which gave the Orioles a one run lead. If he did, it’s not long enough to get picked up on video. It should also be noted that during that at-bat, Scherzer spent every pitch glaring at the umpire, pumping his fist and making all sorts of gestures. So I guess it’s okay for a pitcher to try to show up a batter, but when the reverse happens, we attempt to end the player’s career by throwing at his face. Papellogic.
After the game Machado was not happy at all.
“It’s just bull(crap),” said Machado, who produced his 30th home run on the 122nd and final pitch from Max Scherzer. “A 10-year vet, with more than 10 years in the game and he’s going to go out there and throw at somebody’s head. I mean, once, and then he throws a curveball to kind of (change) the mood, then throws up at the head. It’s something that’s uncalled for. It’s bull(crap). It’s something that you don’t do. I expect more from a guy like that with the past that he has.
Papelbon after the game felt his ejection was unjustified.
“They just said they deemed it intentional, and they didn’t give me any reason,” Papelbon said. “I don’t know if they have to give me any reason or not, but perception is reality.
“If Manny thinks I hit him, then that’s what he thinks. I’m not going to sit here and go back and forth whether I did or whether I didn’t, because it doesn’t matter. If he thinks I did, that’s what he thinks.”
He then went on to actually blame the umpires.
“I was pretty surprised,” Papelbon said of the ejection. “I thought that Mark let the crowd get into it a little bit there. I think he allowed that to dictate his decision to toss me there, which as players and as umpires, we got to keep our cool out there and let the game play out for yourself.”
Teammate Bryce Harper had a very telling quote, throwing Papelbon under the buss.
“I mean, Manny freaking hit a homer and walked it off, and somebody drilled him,” Harper said. “It’s pretty tired. It’s one of those situations where it happens. I don’t know. I’ll probably get drilled tomorrow. We’ll see what happens.”
We will see what happens. The O’s play the finale against the Nats today in just under 6 hours. I for one would be surprised if any National player gets hit. People like to proclaim Buck Showalter as an old school guy, but he’s consistently held the team back from these sort of shenanigans. The team’s been the target of some questionable bean balls several times this year, most recently by the Royals and the Yankees, and Buck has refused to allow his team to retaliate. However, it’s possible the team has decided enough is enough and wants to make a statement. Either way, it will be interesting to see what happens, and if Papelblown makes an appearance in today’s game. It should be noted that following his ejection, Papelbon refused to leave the dugout. It’s my hope that he receives a nice long suspension, but I suspect he will not as MLB has yet to step up and put a stop to this sort of reckless and dangerous behavior.