I think I’ve told this story before in an earlier blog post, but it bears repeating. Years ago, I was at the local library with my kids. We happened upon an old children’s book from the 1940’s entitled “Georgie.” It’s about a friendly ghost named Georgie who pleasantly haunts the house of an older couple. For some reason which eluded me then and continues to elude me now, they liked it. We ended up checking it out a lot. (It was such an old forgotten book, I think the library was happy that it was finally off the shelves! When it was overdue, they’d pay us to keep it longer.)
In any event, there was a funny expression in it that we latched onto–“that was a fine how-do-you-do.” In the story, the owners finally fix all the things in the house that Georgie plays with–the loose floorboards, the squeaky door hinges–and this makes Georgie annoyed. “Georgie sat up in the attic and moped. That was a fine how-do-you-do!” For months, this expression would surface whenever things didn’t go as planned. When the cat would throw up on the stairs. When we’d get stuck in traffic for no reason. When the power would go out.
Which brings us to last night. A-Rod got hit by a pitch that broke a bone in his hand; he’ll probably be out for 2 months. Now, that was a fine how-do-you-do!
This West coast road trip has been hard enough already. We lost four games to Oakland, each game be one run. Two of those games were walk-off wins by the A’s. And now we’re having trouble with one of the worst teams in baseball and one of our best hitters is going on the DL. Never a dull moment in Yankeeland.
Last night, Seattle’s King Felix played the court jester, hitting three Yankees. The first guy beaned was Ichiro, got hit in the foot, not too bad. Half a game later, Jeter got drilled in the shoulder. Then minutes later, A-Rod’s left hand caught a changeup. The expression on his face says it all.
Now, I’m sure that Felix Hernandez was not trying to hit anybody. But after a third batter hit, don’t you think that it’s time for the umpire to eject him or at least give him a warning?? I don’t care if you’re trying to drill batters or not; the fact remains that you have lost control of your pitches and seriously injured a player. Common sense says that consequences should follow. It’s like when you cause a fender bender: You didn’t plan to get into an accident, but it occurred and your insurance will go up. Perhaps if an umpire saw it happen, your rates would stay the same?
I’m usually not a subscriber to the tit-for-tat tenet (okay, maybe I am), but I do hope that one of baseball’s unwritten rules kicks in this afternoon. Which would mean that if the game is not on the line, a Yankee pitcher will plunk a Mariner batter. Not trying to hurt him, just sending a message in the form of a bad bruise. Unfortunately, a bruise fades in a few days, but a broken bone….(sigh)
It gets late early out there.