Angels throw near Jake Marisnick's head in retaliation for controversial slide.
1. The stupidity of Major League Baseball "retaliation" bullsh-t never ceases to amaze. It's all just so stunningly dumb and dangerous.
On July 7, Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick took out Angels catcher Jonathon Lucroy with a controversial slide. Actually, it wasn't really a slide. Marisnick just threw his body into Lucroy, who ended up with a nasal fracture that is expected to sideline him for three weeks. MLB suspended Marisnick for two games. No one would argue if you believe Marisnick's slide was dirty. However, he was extremely remorseful and apologized to Lucroy.
Through my eyes I thought the play was going to end up on the outside of the plate. I made a split second decision at full speed to slide head first on the inside part of the plate. That decision got another player hurt and I feel awful. I hope nothing but the best for @JLucroy20— Jake Marisnick (@JSMarisnick) July 8, 2019
But this isn't enough in the world of MLB. For some reason, the Angles HAD to get their revenge, which means throwing a baseball 90-plus miles an hour at Marisnick. How this is just standard practice makes zero sense. What it is, is flat-out barbaric. But this is what they've done in baseball forever. You do something bad, we'll hit you with a baseball. Sure. That sounds reasonable.
So, when the Astros played the Angels on Tuesday night, Anaheim pitcher Noe Ramirez did what he was obligated to do and threw a baseball as hard as he could toward Marisnick's head.
As you see, Marisnick knew it was coming and handled his beaning in a low-key manner and just headed to first base. Nearly injuring Marisnick was pathetic enough, though, for Angels manager Brad Ausmus. He decided to embarrass himself by claiming the pitch was not intentional because Ramirez's first pitch to Marisnick was a strike.
"I know it looks awful but I think the first pitch was a strike,” Ausmus said. “So if he swings at it and hits it, we’re not even talking about it.”
You have to do better than that, Brad.
Bottom line: Fake tough guys will send me a tweet or e-mail after reading this with all the popular buzzwords today: "Snowflake," "Cuck," "Soft," "Beta," etc. But one day, a player is going to die on the field from getting hit in the head with a pitch and then the retaliation crap will stop.
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