• Now, That’s Why It’s Called Hardball

    Posted by on April 24th, 2010 · Comments (7)

    Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees is safe at homeplate in the third inning against Bobby Wilson of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 23, 2010 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

    This photo, while excellent, doesn’t capture the speed of this homeplate collision.

    In my lifetime, there have been some notable violent crashes at the plate.

    There was Pete Rose and Ray Fosse in the 1970 All-Star Game. There was Lou Piniella and Carlton Fisk in 1976. There was Phil Bradley and Buck Martinez in 1985. And, there was Bo Jackson and Rick Dempsey in 1987. In that last one, Dempsey broke his thumb on the play and afterwards said “When he hit me, they had to send a proctologist in to fix that thumb. They had to send one in just to find it.”

    These are just a few that immediately come to mind. And, this one between Mark Teixeira and Bobby Wilson is right up there – again, when you see it in real speed, etc. Here’s another photo of it:

    Reuters Pictures – New York Yankees’ Mark Teixeira collides into Los Angeles Angels catcher Bobby Wilson to score on a basehit by Robinson Cano in the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim, California April 23, 2010.

    Again, that was one heckuva hit.

    Comments on Now, That’s Why It’s Called Hardball

    1. 77yankees
      April 24th, 2010 | 9:38 am

      If you remember, Teixeira is the one who bull dozed Posada in this game:

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYA/NYA200605160.shtml

      You could see in this case, that Tex was really ticked at being hit, and let’s just say when he ran over Wilson, he wasn’t exactly remorseful about it.

      Which I’m all for – like Don Baylor did in his prime. You can’t charge the mound every time you get hit, but you can take out that 2B, SS, or C legally on that trip around the bases.

    2. Tresh Fan
      April 24th, 2010 | 10:14 am

      Years ago there was this play where the batter hit would, in his next plate appearance, attempt a bunt down the first base line—just far enough so that the pitcher would have to field it near the base line just as the batter ( now baserunner) was bearing down on him. The resulting collision would be total retaliation, but technically not outside the parameters of “fair play.”

      It was Yogi Berra, or some one of that ilk, who called it “that beautiful play that I never saw work.”

    3. April 24th, 2010 | 10:37 am

      @ 77yankees:

      I remember that game well, since, I was there! ;-)

      http://waswatching.com/2006/05/17/may-16th-vs-the-rangers/

      http://bronxbanter.baseballtoaster.com/archives/377993.html#2

      @ Tresh Fan:

      That’s a great play – sorta died out in the ’60′s – dragging the ball, or pushing it, up the first base line, and then running up the pitcher’s back when he went to cover the bag. Then again, those were the days when batters were brushed just about everyday and just excepted it as part of the game..

    4. 77yankees
      April 24th, 2010 | 11:34 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:

      I was working evenings back then, and we had the game on the radio in the office. We almost tuned out at 9-0, but luckily we didn’t.

      I remember reading in a book that Dennis Eckersley threw at Al Bumbry back in the 70s when they played for the Red Sox & Orioles respectively.

      It wasn’t until two years later that Bumbry got his revenge. He scored on a hit to the outfield and after he crossed home plate, steamrolled Eck as he was going to back up the play. And when Eck cursed him out, Bumbry looked back and told him, “That’s for throwing at me two years ago.”

    5. butchie22
      April 24th, 2010 | 12:25 pm

      Very dirty play by MT last night night. I commend John Flaherty for his honesty regarding this collision last night. He basically took the side of the catcher in the incident stating something to the effect that if you’re a catcher and that happens you’re annoyed.But at the same time, when someone is hit , their reaction fluctuates from matter-of-fact ness to a dirty play at the plate by Teixeira last night. Not to defend Teixeira BUt he was hit and his play at the plate was a recation to getting hit. Perhaps an overreaction BUT that will result in some sort of playback.

      @ Tresh, I remember that play quite well. It’s funny how the game has changed so much since the old days . also remember that the pitchers had to hit in the AL back in the day as well. A lot of these shitheads like Joba,Clemens,Pedro and Beckett(Clemens, Pedro and Beckett did did pitch in the NL BUT I don’t remember them hitting or headhunting people to such a great degree in the NL) would you think or would have thought twice about plunking someone if they had to come up to bat.

    6. Raf
      April 25th, 2010 | 11:29 am

      butchie22 wrote:

      A lot of these shitheads like Joba,Clemens,Pedro and Beckett(Clemens, Pedro and Beckett did did pitch in the NL BUT I don’t remember them hitting or headhunting people to such a great degree in the NL) would you think or would have thought twice about plunking someone if they had to come up to bat.

      The pitchers mentioned hit batters at around the same rate when they pitched in the NL & AL.

    7. BOHAN
      April 25th, 2010 | 1:34 pm

      butchie22 wrote:

      Very dirty play by MT last night night. I commend John Flaherty for his honesty regarding this collision last night. He basically took the side of the catcher in the incident stating something to the effect that if you’re a catcher and that happens you’re annoyed.But at the same time, when someone is hit , their reaction fluctuates from matter-of-fact ness to a dirty play at the plate by Teixeira last night. Not to defend Teixeira BUt he was hit and his play at the plate was a recation to getting hit. Perhaps an overreaction BUT that will result in some sort of playback.@ Tresh, I remember that play quite well. It’s funny how the game has changed so much since the old days . also remember that the pitchers had to hit in the AL back in the day as well. A lot of these shitheads like Joba,Clemens,Pedro and Beckett(Clemens, Pedro and Beckett did did pitch in the NL BUT I don’t remember them hitting or headhunting people to such a great degree in the NL) would you think or would have thought twice about plunking someone if they had to come up to bat.

      that wasnt a dirty play at all. scisosia even said it was clean and no one waspissed off about it. that was good clean hard baseball.
      and why are those guys shitheads? case they hit a guy every now and then. its part of the game. pitchers try to command the inside of the plate sometimes they have to put a guy on his ass to command it. if they dont get out the way its their fault. its part of the game and i really wish pitchers would practice this more often.

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