Talking Points: We rule that Mets are off-base
Friday, June 15, 2012
The Mets are pathetic.
They finally got a no-hitter, and they're still not satisfied. They want another.
Wednesday night, R.A. Dickey threw a one-hitter, with the only hit being an infield single in the first inning. On that play, third baseman David Wright tried to field the ball with his bare hand, but never grasped the ball. The ball rolled away and the runner was safe with no throw to first base.
The Mets say they are going to appeal the official scorer's ruling.
First off, it was a base hit. The scorer got this correct. If a talented third baseman is trying to field a ball bare-handed, it is because he knows he has no other option to try to get a speedy runner. This is not a typical, easy play. The fielder's actions tell us this.
Second, does anyone else think it is odd that the Mets are appealing the scoring? This is the same franchise that was just "given" a no-hitter by an umpire's call on June 1. That's right. Johan Santana got the first no-hitter in franchise history, but only because of a bad call.
(Hey, it was a tough call, but still, replays showed the ball in question should have been ruled fair, not foul.)
Scoring. Umpiring. Judgment calls. It's true that hits and errors can be changed. But this is a pathetic attempt by the Mets to get another no-no.
Matt Cain's perfect game was not so perfect for teammate Aubrey Huff.
Mr. Grace tried to jump over the dugout rail in an effort to celebrate with Cain and all of his teammates.
Mr. Grace probably should have just walked over to that area where there is no rail, you know, where you can just walk easily with no obstacle, and then sprint to the mound.
Instead, Mr. Grace fell over the rail and hurt his knee.
There might be a trend, too.
A Mets player strained his hamstring running to Johan Santana after Santana's no-hitter.
A catcher from the Brewers broke his hand when luggage fell on him.
We are starting to believe that 40 percent of all baseball injuries have nothing to do with baseball.
And it's so awesomely fun to write about them.