Every now and then Baseball gives us a day that makes you realize you really haven’t seen it all. It was as though the ghost of Doc Ellis paid the game a visit today and dropped a couple of sugar cubes in the punchbowl.
As Dave Cameron at Fangraphs so elegantly put it, Baseball Is Amazing.
Ubaldo spat hot fire at The Bravos on his way to the first No Hitter in Rockies history. I really wish Fox or MLB would have cut to the game. Don’t we have split screens and what not in the future? The Dexter Fowler catch in the 7th was incredible. Hopefully his glove will keep him in the lineup, because his bat is swinging like it wants out.
The Mets win over The Cards was one of the most bizarre games I’ve ever seen. Mr. Larussa, July 4th, 1985 called. Rick Camp says he’s available to pinch hit. Both managers should be fired for the way that game was managed. Larussa, at least, was managing for October. He could have cared less if his team won.
Jerry Manuel was managing for his life and hopefully it doesn’t cost Mike Pelfrey his career. All I could think of was an Aaron Harang extra inning appearance in ’08. His career hasn’t been the same since. Pelfrey only went one inning, but it was one inning too much for my stomach. Oh by the way, WHY IN GOD’S NAME is Castillo bunting against super-futility guy/turned reliever Joe Mather?! Ryan Ludwick played like he was on acid. I felt like I was too after that game. Lost in the madness and mayhem was the scintillating duel between Johan and Garcia.
How about a game in a half in Boston? Two walk off Pirate wins in a row? Livan Hernandez tossing a complete game Shutout? “It’s my scene and it’s freakin’ me out!”
Enjoy this great short commemorating Doc Ellis’ psychedelic day.