KC beat Houston 7-2 in Game 5 to go to the ALCS and continue to defend their AL title, while Toronto beat Texas 6-3 to come from 0-2 down to advance to the ALCS themselves.
Bad day for Texans.
The Toronto game featured a controversial call on a live ball, which resulted in Texas being awarded a late, g0-ahead run. The reaction by the Toronto crowd was disgraceful, as they threw debris onto the field. On the play, the throw back to the pitcher by catcher Russell Martin, with a man on third, struck the batter who was in the batter’s box. There was no intent to interfere, and the ball was still a live ball.
Later, Jose Bautista’s grand slam won the game for Toronto. His bat flip after hitting the HR was disgraceful.
I have a problem with people on Facebook who see no problem with Bautista’s bat flip and deride us purists. They laugh when we mention the fact that greats like Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Aaron, Mays, etc. didn’t do bullshit hot-dogging like that.
Is that what society has become? That true sportsmanship, class and dignity gets derided? I would say yes. Just look at how Tim Tebow, no matter what you think of his playing abilities, was mocked for his faith and how he shows that faith publicly.
It is sad when people are more inclined to celebrate selfish hot dogs and at the same time mock those who show any class or dignity (or, in the case of ESPN recently, to cut away once a coach started to mention God).
Yes, I am old school, and proud of it. I can’t stand this bat flipping narcissism and yes, would like to see people like Bautista buzzed or drilled (at the ribs, not the head) the next time up.
Take me back to the days of Gibson, Drysdale, Early Wynn…. where you didn’t dare “show them up.” And take me back to the days of the class of a DiMaggio.
Maybe that is why we should honor people like Cal Ripken and Mariano Rivera more…. for their class stands out greater in this era were there is so little class.
Mets-Dodgers tonight in Game 5 to determine who faces the Cubs in the NLCS.
A article by Sports on Earth (and on MLB.com) lists the greatest Game 5 ALDS’s in history. At #9 they list 1997 Indians/ Yankees where Sandy Alomar hit a game-tying HR off of Mariano Rivera and the Indians would later win the game. There is one problem. That happened in Game FOUR, not Game Five.