Rays last game with the Yankees for 2018 was mostly one to forget, except for some good old fashioned dumb posturing, some bean ball, some fake toughness, and overall a waste of everybody's time and some near injuries.
CC Sabathia hit Jake Bauers on the hands. Later, Andrew Kittridge threw high and tight against Austin Romine, losing a ball behind Romine’s head. Tempers were starting to really boil over after the previous night saw the end of Kevin Kiermaier’s season by an errant Yankee throw that gave KK a hairline fracture in his foot.
Was Kittredge’s throw intentional retaliation for the HBP on Bauers? Or was it Kittridge just losing his control (not exactly a hard image to imagine)? I’m inclined to believe, thanks to his post game interview, it might have been a mix of the two, while Kitt was trying to dust back the Yankees and his poor control lost one in the spot nobody should be throwing.
So what was CC Sabathia to do? Of course hit another batter! Because that’s the only way to act tough in this sport and get your petty revenge by throwing a rock at people. Sabathia plunked Jesus Sucre, and benches emptied sort of.
An 11-0 margin in the final game between the @RaysBaseball and the Yankees this season. Sure, go ahead and intentionally hit a person. Today's game is live on FOX Sports Sun and FOX Sports Go. #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/p4tPs06CHo— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) September 27, 2018
You can see in the video, this was as intentional as it gets. Clear cut. Sabathia after plunking Sucre points to the Rays bench and shouts what appears to be “That’s for you, b****!”. CC was ejected immediately, rightfully so. Sabathia was just 2 innings away from reaching an IP bonus good for $500K.
So, the Yankees, with playoffs clinched, up 11-0, felt the need to act tough, after already hitting multiple Rays batters this series as well as putting one Rays player out of commission for the season.
Beanball wars are dumb.
- The Tampa Bay Times has some good quotes and info from Stu Sternberg on the progress towards the Ybor stadium developments.
- More from Sternberg on the success of the Rays 2018 season.
- Check out this fun video showcasing all the great stuff the Rays Wives have done this season!
- If you haven’t heard about Willians Astudillo yet, I’m not sure what you are doing. He’s starting to grow cult hero status due to his Bartolo-esque physique, his constant hustle, and his incredibly bizarre but fantastic batted ball profile. Astudillo never (well almost never) strikes out. The very first pitcher to actually achieve the rarity of striking out Astudillo? Blake Snell.
Around the League:
- Super cool visual graphic showing the whole leagues win by game number up until now.
- Bryce Harper posted a series of photos on Instagram that appears to be a farewell to DC.
- The Oakland A’s are very good this year. Let Grant Brisbee take you on a walk down memory lane for when they were very much not good.