Well, it happens. I’m talking about $H!TTY F#CK!NG CALLS! Minnesota Twins player Torii Hunter had a bad night. A really bad night. After being on the bad end of two poorly called strikes in the bottom of the 8th against the Kansas City Royals.
Let’s go straight to the video.
So the first pitch was just a bit inside and high – above Hunter’s belt. The second pitch was off the table. It’s hard to ignore that one. So, what’s the deal Ump?! Need a pair of glasses? How about a seeing-eye dog. Now, now, let’s not criticise the Umpires.
So, I’m going to critique Torii Hunter on this one.
First, I give him a 4 out of 10 for the initial argument. it was half-hearted and I really couldn’t get much curse-word-lip reading done. I’d also like to see more spittle. Oh and Hunter held onto the bat. That’s a two-point deduction on my scorecard. If you’re going in for a tongue lashing, toss the bad toward the dugout and then clean the Umps front grill.
Six out of 10 for the encroachment of personal space by Hunter with an additional 2 point assist by Manager Paul Molitor.
With a half-point deduction for the early interruption incurred by the head umpire.
Now Hunter begins to strip off his protective gear. Elbow pad, shin guard, gloves, ending with his jersey. While not very seductive, Hunter earns 8 out 10 for his interpretational dance moves. But all is for naught as the bat boy was forced to gather up Hunter’s off-cast items.
Frankly last night we missed a great opportunity. We could have had a Phillip Wellman moment. Minnesota Manager Paul Molitor? Watch and take notes.
You have got to give the man some respect when he covers up home plate with dirt then low crawls to the pitchers mound to toss a resin bag like a grenade at home plate. Next time, Paul Molitor, I expect more effort when you see a bad call like that toss out one of your own.
Till next time, there will never be another Earl Weaver.