Congrats are in order for our friend NBJays! For obvious reasons, Scout will not be commenting on this game. But I will. Please remember I am a NL girl first and foremost and watched this through those glasses.
This was an intense game. The matchups at first were fantastic. Tillman gave up a homer to Joey Bats, but then Mark Trumbo came back with a bomb of his own and put the Orioles up 2-1 in early goings. When the Blue Jays came back to tied it up, I figured it would go into extra innings because that’s the way it felt it was going to go. It was too close all night. Edwin Encarnacion smashed a huge home run to bring it home for Toronto.
But that’s not the reason this game is going to be remembered. Nope. Not in the least. The reason this game is going to be remembered are for two reasons:
A Blue Jay fan threw a full beer can at Hyun-Soo Kim, nearly hitting him; and Buck Showalter decided to do the AL version of the Great Fredi Gonzalez-Craig Kimbrel Fiasco of 2013.
First things first – according to Twitter, the area that the trash throwing Blue Jays fan was sitting in were hurling more than full beer cans at the Baltimore outfielders. Reports were that several Toronto fans were screaming racial slurs at both Kim and Adam Jones. This would explain why Jones was losing his mind after Kim was nearly beaned by the can. If this is true, it’s unacceptable. Throwing at an opposing player is also unacceptable. As a Braves fan, I know our fanbase has an unfortunate history of throwing shit onto the field of play during a hotly contested wild card game, but at least we had the decency to throw our trash at umpires and after play was stopped. I sincerely hope that the ushers at Rogers Centre were able to identify this person (I don’t want to call him a fan, because a true baseball fan would never throw at a player’s head) and escort him out of the stadium. The few Jays fans I have known aren’t nasty like that.
The other major event, and the one that will be talked about for years to come, is that Buck Showalter inexplicably decided against using the best closer in baseball – and a possible Cy Young candidate! – to give the Orioles the edge in this one-and-done game. The Orioles were still very much in it. Darren O’Day pitched beautifully, and then Buck decided to put in… UBALDO.
Please, search the deepest parts of your minds and just imagine poor Scout, screaming in agony, when Ubaldo came jogging out to the mound. I mean, I was sitting on my sofa yelling at the television myself. Why would you choose a flaming dumpster fire to save your season? Why? But I’m not the only person who felt this way. Here’s but a smattering of tweets from my TL, both from baseball people and my friends alike.
And of course, there was my smart ass chiming in as well.
Anyway, we now have our ALDS set up – Toronto vs Texas. Two teams that have major beef with one another. Oh, boy. This will be fun.