I was at a wedding tonight where one of my best friends got hitched to the lady he deserved. While the white folk danced like white folk (it was awesome), I snuck a few peeks at the Cubs game where Travis Wood and friends got rocked in Arizona again. So I didn't miss much, and I got to hang out with my friend and his loved ones, while snarking with my wife with a free open bar. YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH.
Upon arriving home, I checked the Twitters and happened upon this awesome story, a tale of two Colbys, if you will...
Rasmus, who singled and later scored off Lewis in the fourth, laid down a bunt with two outs and Toronto up, 2-0, in the fifth, with the Rangers playing the shift on him. Lewis fielded the ball, but Rasmus reached first base safely and was credited with an infield single.
"I told [Rasmus] I didn't appreciate it," Lewis said. "You're up by two runs with two outs and you lay down a bunt. I don't think that's the way the game should be played."
You can check out the embedded video via that link, but my initial reaction having read the spoilers was that Colby Lewis, the Rangers' pitcher, was mad that Colby Rasmus, the Toronto center fielder, made him actually field the ball. Of course, it wasn't actually like that, and we can pretty much dismiss Lewis' statement quoted above as ludicrous because they were in the Rogers Centre (a hitter's haven) where the Blue Jays only had a two-run lead in the FIFTH inning. That means the Rangers had twelve offensive outs left to try to tie or go ahead. Not to mention that the no-hitter/perfect game bid was long over anyway, so you can't even look at that as a breach of etiquette. But wait, there's more!
"I felt like you have a situation where there is two outs, you're up two runs, you have gotten a hit earlier in the game off me, we are playing the shift, and he laid down a bunt basically simply for average," Lewis said.
Um, in baseball, if you want to get on base, which is kind of the goal of the offense, you have to hit it to where they ain't. A bunt to no-man's land against the shift seems to satisfy that goal. I mean...if you are going to employ the shift, you take the good with the bad. The hitter isn't obligated to hit it right at one of your fielders. So what's the big ish? BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE and if you act now we'll throw in an extra helping of WTF!
"[Rasmus] didn't steal within the first two pitches to put himself in scoring position," Lewis said. "That tells me he is solely looking out for himself, and looking out for batting average. And I didn't appreciate it."
Why would he run himself into an out just for your benefit? There were two outs, an out ends the inning. If he doesn't have a good jump or if he doesn't like your pitches or can't time you right, he's not gonna go just to appease your random standards of baseball morality here. Sense, Colby Lewis, you make none.
Rasmus did what he had to do: get on base by any means necessary in a close game that was nowhere close to being excited. It's not his fault the opposing pitcher sucks.