Dump The Drama

Last night’s game was a wild one.  Plenty of offense from both sides, but fortunately the good guys prevailed.  Kyle Lohse just can’t catch a break against his old team; you have to think losing to the Cardinals is its own kind of frustration.  Lohse has been pitching well for the Brewers, but last night his well known command eluded him.

The offense by the Cardinals was nice, but as I have said before, the offense cannot just show up once in a while to satisfy me that this team has turned a corner.  I am not that easily fooled.  This team has a lot to prove to me, and I suspect to others as well.

Justin Masterson‘s debut with the Cardinals probably didn’t go as well as he would have liked.  I am not going to judge him by one game, however.  He just came off the DL after all.  He seems like a cool guy, and he wears the high socks, which makes him okay in my book.  Getting a base hit on his first AB helped too.  His fellow pitchers were quite pleased.

The only thing about last night’s game that continues to frustrate me is the inability of closer Trevor Rosenthal to get out of the 9th inning without drama.  Rosenthal’s control seems to elude him at times, and the 9th inning of a close game is certainly not the time for that to happen.  I really wish Mike Matheny was a little less rigid with his “role” nonsense and would use him a little less often in this capacity.  It wouldn’t hurt him at all, and it would help my blood pressure immensely.

There was some drama in baseball yesterday that didn’t occur at Busch Stadium.  The Pirates and the Diamondbacks are not getting along it seems.  The Dbacks lost their best player, Paul Goldschmidt, to a fractured hand he received after being hit by a pitch from Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri on Friday.  The Dbacks retaliated last night by plunking the Pirates’ best player, Andrew McCutchen, in the back.  Word is McCutchen suffered only a little.  There are those who frown severely on the “unwritten rules” of baseball, and see hitting players for any reason as unnecessary and stupid.  I have mixed feelings about the unwritten rules.  I am an old school fan, and so I have a certain kind of nostalgia for the old days of Bob Gibson and his inside fastball and his crotchetiness.  Baseball is essentially a non contact sport, so there aren’t many avenues for guys to alleviate the occasional spurt of aggression.  Now, being female myself, and thus not subject to many aggressive instincts, perhaps I overestimate the need for such outlets by men.  In any case, if there are such times, (like frustration at the injury to a teammate) it isn’t like a baseball player can just chop block his opponent in the middle of the game (the new catcher rule was instituted just to avoid this type of play against catchers at the plate).  So, when a pitcher plunks an opposing player intentionally, as long as the pitch goes nowhere near the head, and aims for the more fleshy parts of the body, it doesn’t seem like such a terrible thing.  However, I can see the other side of the argument as well.  I don’t blanketly support all of the unwritten rules, for instance, I think the notion that rookies have to toady to veterans and “know their place” is just asinine.  I don’t know what purpose that serves, other than to placate the egos of veterans, some of whom have no claim to fame other than longevity.

Anyway, I have expounded on this topic long enough.  As to the Pirates and the Dbacks, it seems to me that the Pirates have little ground to complain about the plunking of McCutchen.  After all, the Pirates have the distinction of hitting more opposing players than any other team in baseball, so maybe they shouldn’t throw stones in their glass house.

Along the lines of the unwritten rules topic, yesterday during the Red Sox/Yankees game, noted broadcaster and native St. Louisan Joe Buck, was heard to comment on the recent trade of Allen Craig to the Red Sox.  It seems, according to Buck, the Cardinals clubhouse is unhappy with the removal of Craig and it’s resulting ascension of Oscar Taveras in the full time right fielder role.  Buck says that the clubhouse doesn’t appreciate the “force-feeding” of Taveras at the expense of Craig.  It was said that said clubhouse had issues with Taveras’ “work ethic”.

Now, I don’t know the source of Buck’s comments, he gave the impression it came directly from the clubhouse, and Buck, being who he is and having a purported relationship of sorts with members of the clubhouse, would be in a position to know.  Be that as it may, the comment was of a general nature and without a specific source named, it is is difficult to ascertain its credence.  All I can say is this; if one or multiple members of the clubhouse relayed this to Buck, then it doesn’t reflect well on them.  Taveras is a teammate, rookie or not, and he deserves some respect.  As for Taveras’ work ethic, if there are issues with how he conducts himself, that is up to the coaching staff, and to a lesser degree, his teammates, to help correct.  Airing such issues in public, especially indirectly, is unprofessional.

Moreover, it just gives the impression that the clubhouse are a bunch of whiners, upset over the trade of their buddy.  Given the nature of their play this season, (it’s been pretty crappy) it seems to me they should spend more time worrying about their own issues and less about tangential matters like this.  Craig was traded, get over it and play better baseball.

Now that I have aired my issues in public directly (as any blogger would do) I sign off with this.  I love this team, but sometimes I don’t like them very much.  This is one of those times.

Do better.

 

Thank you for reading.

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  1. baseballmania

     /  August 3, 2014

    Considering Rosenthal is very young he does an excellent job.
    I got ya about the players not speaking out about their teammates. But maybe OT has to stop acting like a prima you know what. Players and their managers just dont like that.
    Nice win today from the x Boston pitcher.

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  2. blingboy

     /  August 3, 2014

    Long ago I heard a retired pitcher named Max Lanier say the way he always looked at it is if he (a batter) promises not to hit me with a line drive I’ll promise not to hit him with a fast ball.

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  3. baseballmania

     /  August 3, 2014

    Any idea where Craig will fit in?

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  4. bw52

     /  August 4, 2014

    Sounds to me like Taveras might have hot prospect ego and the veterans don`t want to break up their good old boy clique.So I see both sides that need to work together.I wonder if Taveras language problem is causing the perception of lack of work ethic or whatever the vets didn`t like.Being able to communicate with teammates better would help.

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