The Phillies have climbed to two games above .500 and are 1.5 games out of a Wild Card spot, but they have the day off so I'm going to take this opportunity to check back in on a topic I wrote about a few weeks ago - the hypocrisy and stupidity of Major League Baseball and the complacent acceptance of the "legit" media.
To get up to speed, please read my rant concerning the Cole Hamels suspension. If you don't have time, I'll sum it up quickly: Hamels gets suspended for admitting to hitting a batter, Zimmerman does not get suspended despite obviously intentionally hitting Hamels, Rizzo gets all righteous about Hamels' atrocity while ignoring his own player's actions, Leyland talks a bunch of nonsense, and not a single pet monkey at a typewriter (ie sportswriter) calls anybody out on their stupidity or hypocrisy.
Okay, now on to last night's action in the Rays- White Sox game...
On Tuesday, AJ Pierzynski slid hard into second base. If you watch the replay, it looks pretty bad. His lead leg went over the bag and directly in the plant leg of infielder Ben Zobrist. Zobrist and AJ had some words and that was the end of it for that game.
Last night, Rays starter Alex Cobb hit AJ in the middle of the back in the top of the third inning with a man on second and one out. Everybody in the whole stadium knew Cobb drilled him on purpose. The home plate umpire had worked the game the night before, so he obviously knew what was going on. But apparently the ump didn't think he threw at him on purpose because he didn't eject him from the game.
An inning and a half later, Sox starter Jose Quintana threw a pitch behind the legs of Ben Zobrist. Quintana was immediately ejected.
Huh? One pitcher drills a guy in the middle of the back with obvious intent and he stays in the game, but the opposing pitcher throws one low and way inside (probably intentional, but do most pitchers try to hit guys in the calf muscle or ankle?) and he gets the heave. What a joke.
Of course, the post-game quotes are classic and predictable.
Cobb said, "I was just trying to get a fastball in, and yanked it a little bit."
Quintana said, "It just slipped."
But the best quote is from Rays manager Joe Maddon, who after watching his pitcher drill Pierzynski in the back said, "When a pitcher throws behind somebody like that, it's pretty obvious what their intent was regardless of the denials on the other side. I thought the home plate umpire did a great job."
I just hope that MLB and its constituents remain consistent, meaning Cobb and Quintana should get 5 game suspensions, Jim Leyland should go off his rocker and ask for 15 games, one general manager should call at least one pitcher "chicken sh*t," and no media member should bat an eye or ask a question. And I don't think the last part of that should be a problem. Here is the all that was written by St. Pete Times sports writer Joe Smith:
[Cobb] plunked Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski in the shoulder with a pitch in the third, though he said it wasn't on purpose. One inning later, White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana was ejected by plate umpire Mark Wegner for throwing behind Ben Zobrist, who apparently had an issue with Pierzynski over a slide into second base Tuesday night.
Ignorance is bliss...