June 7, 2017 by Shannon Michael Smith
Pitchers shout stuff after they strike out hitters in big moments. Sometimes they yell at their gloves, which prompted Rawlings to open up a hotline for abused mitts. Hurlers usually scream things like, “f*%* yeah!” or “that’ll show you, smart guy!” There was that weird instance in 2000 when Roger Clemens shouted, “Kawasaki jet skis are overrated, consider a Yamaha or Polaris for reliability and performance,” at Mike Piazza after a huge K during the playoffs.
Nats pitcher, Koda Glover, did not put his glove over his mouth when he screamed “sit down” at Yasiel Puig after striking him out in the bottom of the ninth to end the game. Puig does not like being told to sit down. Who can forget the inflight brawl that occurred on a Dodger road trip when Zack Greinke told Puig to sit down and fasten his seat belt because the plane was about to take off? Then there was the time Puig attacked a master of ceremonies at the Disney Concert Hall because the poor fellow instructed the audience to “please take their seats” before the performance began…it goes on and on.
The Dodgers will look to avoid a sweep by the Washington Nationals in about two hours. Kershaw will take the hill for Los Dogs. Vin Scully just called our office to tell us Steven Spielberg will be starting for the Nats. Scully accidentally called Strasburg “Spielberg” last year, so he calls us once a week to repeat the joke over the phone. The first 32 times or so it was funny, but now it’s just weird. We usually let the machine get it. Sometimes he’ll just sing “Mairzy Doats” and hang up. Yes, we have an answering machine. With the little tapes and everything…
Until next time, mirth-seekers!!!