1:05 AM Eastern
It seems as though the Blue Jays’ hitters have been abused by the opposition most of this season without even a hint of retaliation, but that finally stopped tonight when Jesse Carlson threw behind the rear end of Jorge Posada in the 8th inning after two more Blue Jays had reached first base the hard way.
The fact that the Jays’ retaliation for hit batsmen didn’t actually involve a pitch that hit anybody is pretty much par for the course for what’s gone on this season, but at least they tried.
Leave it to the man from New Britain, CT to make things happen, and leave it to Posada and his Yankeefied sense of entitlement to get so out of sorts that he took a few steps towards Carlson after the pitch, then elbowed him going by as he scored on a Brett Gardner double.
Seriously, and you wonder why the Yankees inspire so much hate? They hit two Blue Jays, after having hit a Jay IN THE FACE the last time the two teams played, and Jorge Posada – a 13-year veteran who has seen plenty of baseball’s give-and-take – reacts like a high school bully to a pitch that wasn’t even ribcage-high? Please. Wouldn’t want to offend the delicate genius.
Good for Scott Richmond, for throwing himself right in there, and better for Rod Barajas, who was an absolute maniac.
I know we’ll hear things about “coming together” and “character-building” and team unity and all that, but I don’t believe that this was the event that will make all these guys see how much they need to band together and form that “us against the world” attitude that will lead them to a championship season next year. I do think, though, that it was nice to see them not take it lying down again. Hopefully they do the same thing the next time one of theirs gets drilled.
I expect Posada to get a five-game suspension that he’ll appeal down to two or three, using the backwards logic that one of tonight’s callers to The JaysTalk used – “Carlson was at home plate, so he was provoking”. What an enormous load of crap. Sure, Carlson shouldn’t have been as close to the plate as he was, but saying that act means Jesse “started it” is like saying that it’s OK to pound on a guy because he looked at you.
It was nice to see a couple of second-deck bombs by Travis Snider, and also good to see Edwin Encarnacion’s second home run in as many games. Are people starting to think that maybe this guy is worth a look now?
Here’s tonight’s editon of The JaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:
And, as promised yesterday, here’s Saturday night’s:
Rational, reasonable comments are always welcome!