As I sit down to write this weeks Hot Takes, I’m watching the Warriors decimate the Utah Jazz in Game 1. As much as I love all things baseball, there is nothing that rivals the NBA Playoffs when it comes to pure televised entertainment. Only last years World Series Game 7 and Game 162 in 2011 come to mind as things that come to mind as events that make one stand up and scream at their sets. (The average person, I yell every day when the Tiger’s go to their bullpen.) I’m not sure what MLB has to do to make their product as engrossing to the general consumer as playoff basketball, but it would be a nice change of pace. (See what I did there?)
Adam Jones is an American Hero
And not for any athletic achievements but for not keeping quit about the events that transpired on Monday night at Fenway. Racial slurs and peanuts were both slung towards the Orioles’ outfielder. Despicable. And to hear other players of color in the league tell it, this isn’t uncommon in Boston. Even David Price would regularly hear the N word last season during his struggles he said. It’s a sad story that is a microcosm of a much larger issue. But I know quite a few Red Sox fans, and I don’t know any of them that would stand for this behavior. And on Tuesday, the fans in Boston took a point to say that they wouldn’t stand for it either. In his first plate appearance, Adams Jones was greeted by a rousing standing ovation. Even Chris Sale, one of the fastest workers to pitch a game, stepped off the rubber to let the fans cheer and over their apology. It was a remarkable sight.
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) May 2, 2017
If only, the game had stopped there…
This O’s v. Sox nonsense has got to stop.
Exactly one batter after Chris Sale showed some real class by allowing the ovation for Jones, he whipped a fastball behind Manny Machado. Some will say this is retaliation for Mookie Betts getting drilled in the previous game, which was payback for the ball thrown at Machado’s head in the previous series which happened because, etc. STOP. Someone is going to get seriously injured and it’s not fun to watch. You want to know how you get payback? WIN. Do what Machado did in the 7th and crush the ball over the Green Monster. I know there are “unwritten rules” in baseball but this one needs to be eliminated. Let your game do your talking and if you can’t then shut up and move on. That said, Machado’s rant after the game is a thing of expletive glory. I won’t reprint it here but go look it up.
Teams are shifting too much.
It seems that every play the entirety of a infield moves from left to right and then back again. It’s become too much. And it’s starting to be foiled. Look, when Victor Maritnez, the slowest human on a baseball diamond, is dropping his first ever career Bunt in 1,757 games to beat a shift, something needs to be reevaluated.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 2, 2017
Another Week, Another Cycle
I don’t care if we have a cycle every week for the rest of the season I will continue to write about them. Cycles are just as exciting as No-Hitters to me. Actually more so. Deal with it. This time it was the Rangers’ Carlos Gomez doing it for the second time in his career. Celebrate him!
I honestly don’t know what’s wrong in NY, but the Mets are having a rough time. I’m going to leave the coverage of it to Justin and the other writers but losing Thor hurts not only the Mets but all of baseball. If not because he’s an electrifying pitcher to watch take the mound, but the hair. The Hair!
IF YOU HAVEN’T READ NED’S PIECE ON THE STORY OUT OF MIAMI DO SO NOW.
It’s one of the best pieces of writing I’ve seen this week, probably this month. Do it now. GO.