Little Trop of Horrors - an apt description of a stadium that should be buried at the bottom of the ocean (along with every Michael Bay movie). More horrifying to me yesterday was Randal Grichuk’s lack of effort. I don’t like to single individuals out, but on this occasion i am.
When Randal Grichuk lost the ball in the roof at Tropicana Field in the 3rd inning yesterday, apparently Charlie Montoyo was inclined to let it pass, given the poor visuals in the stadium (there seems to be a UFO in the roof).
What he couldn’t let up on, however was Grichuk’s lack of effort in ‘running’ down the ball, as Avisail Garcia chugged his way around the bases for an inside-the-park homer.
Montoyo saw what all of us watching the game did as well and approached Grichuk in the dugout looking for an answer:
“I talked to him when he came back because it looked like he didn’t go all out for that ball,” He said he got disoriented and he said he felt like ‘what’s going on?’ I believe the guy. It kind of surprised me a bit.”
Im sorry but that just doesn’t wash with me. Lack of hustle after a ball has got by you isn’t just a pet peeve for me, its a whole kennel of irritation.
Personally i would have liked to see Montoyo bench Randal for that play, not just accept some lame sounding excuse from him. Perhaps the one big flaw with Charlie is he is too nice sometimes? Id like to see him get a bit more fired up.
Mind you, its not like the Trop hasn’t seen this sort of effort before...
The loss guaranteed another series loss for the Jays, who are just 2-9 at Tropicana Field over the past two seasons.
We have lost six of its past seven and since April 30 are 7-30. We are a season-worst 13 games under .500 now and on pace to lose 100 games.
Our team batting average is now .218. Even the Marlins are hitting better than us.
Clayton Richard wasn’t too bad yesterday, giving up two runs, three hits and four walks over four innings. The Jays need everything he can give them on and off the mound.
Meanwhile Sean Reid-Foley left the Bisons game in the 4th with an apparent injury. Apparently its ‘fine’.
From Buffalo, #Bisons manager Bobby Meacham on Sean Reid-Foley: “Felt something like a strain in his side/back. Felt a little weird. Don’t think it’s anything. Think he’s going to be fine. We’ll check tomorrow.”— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 29, 2019
So, expect SRF to keel over with dengue fever or something in the next few days...
Cody Bellinger > an entire MLB team*
In 190 at-bats this season, Cody Bellinger has 20 home runs.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 29, 2019
In 1,737 at-bats this season, the entire Miami Marlins roster has 39 home runs -- and that's including three today, which tied their season high.
(* do the Marlins count?)
As if we needed more evidence that the Red Sox are abhorrent:
Classy move here by A Red Sox fan pic.twitter.com/izvgmFFhbK— JD with Sports (@JDwithSports) May 28, 2019
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