photo by Samara Pearlstein
Seriously, I cannot remember the last time I saw so many dropped balls in a single game, or even series. The Tigers were dropping balls all over the place, not euphemistically, and so were the Rangers. I kind of expect that from the Tigers right now, because everything else is falling apart so WHY NOT, but the Rangers are actually on top of their division. I expect a little more from them.
Can we blame Texas for this sudden across-the-board defensive slop? I think so. Texas is the common factor here. The box score lists the game temperature as 90 degrees, but it probably felt like 127 degrees, because, you know… Texas. Everyone must have been very sweaty, which would lead to dropped balls and slipped throws. There was probably also some amount of swimming vision, because of heat waves radiating off the ground or because the heat was just slowly destroying the optic nerves of the players out there. Again: Texas. You can try to convince me that Texas is not like that, but I will know that you’re lying.
Jim Leyland got ejected in the latest installment of The War with the Umpires, but who cares? Lloyd McClendon can make utterly futile pitching changes and pinch hitter decisions just as well as Leyland can at this point.
Armando couldn’t even get through four innings, and he committed an error (one of those slipped throws, this one down to first, hitting David Murphy in the shoulder), but who cares? It doesn’t matter anymore. The only thing that matters is keeping everyone healthy. And our sadness matters. Our deep existential sadness.
Ryan Raburn had a great offensive night. He was 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, and 4 RBI. Traitor Damon hit his 100th career triple, although it could have been called an error if the official scorer had been feeling feisty at the time. But who cares? All is nothingness.
I guess Thursday is an offday, which I was not expecting. I thought we were done with the disorienting two-game series? Apparently not. Disorient away, MLB schedulers. We don’t have to know which direction is up anyways.