Saturday, May 6, 2017

Fair or Unfair: Kevin Gausman's Ejection

Before we get into this blog, I am announcing that I will go to one blog a day. I am working a job now, but I will try to promote that day's blog as much as I can. I will still promote previous blogs a day after and top blogs for the week. With that mind, let's get into what happened Wednesday night.

After another incident the night before. Kevin Gausman of the Baltimore Orioles looked ready to battle the Boston Red Sox. The first inning went fine, and then the next inning, he hits Xander Bogaerts with a 76 mile an hour pitch. Home plate umpire Sam Holbrook immediately threw out Gausman, who couldn't believe what happened. If it were a 90 mile an hour fastball, maybe I could understand, but there was no malicious intent. At the same time, you can't blame Holbrook for reacting that bad. Obviously, he didn't want to see the teams get into a melee or full scale riot where someone winds up going to the hospital.

This is not the first time, nor will it be the last, we something like this happening anywhere in the league. One that comes to my mind is the New York Yankees. Getting plunked six times in three games is pretty bad. The next two games also had batsmen hit, with the last one leading to an ejection. In June of 2011, Mitch Talbot of the Cleveland Indians hits the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez. Umpire Dan Iassogna threw Talbot out, who complained about the mound being wet (It did rain that afternoon), but Iassogna didn't care. The night before after a big home run, the Indians' Fausto Carmona (now under the name Roberto Hernandez) hit Mark Texiera, and the frustration blew up for the Bombers. Even with that, you can't really complain about the umpires doing their jobs. At some point, enough is enough, even if you're not the main reason for it happening. There's certain things in sports where the second person always finds themselves in trouble.

It will be until the start of June that the Red Sox and Orioles begin another series against each other. Maybe things will be calm. Let's hope that. Then again, grudges can last a long time, even if it's late in the year. May there be a chance for both to settle down and get back to trying to win a division.

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