Before most baseball games, the field announcer usually warns the crowd not to interfere with a ball that's in the field of play. And no doubt that's what happened on Saturday in Seattle. But some people just don't listen.
Mind you, in this case I'm not talking about a fan in the stands, but Lloyd McClendon. Who is he, you ask? Lloyd McClendon is the Seattle Mariner's manager.
With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Jan Gomes of the visiting Cleveland Indians hit a pop-up towards the Seattle dugout. By all rights, it should have been the third and final out of the inning, and Seattle catcher Mike Zunino raced after the ball and positioned himself to catch it, and end the inning. But his manager McClendon had other ideas, and stayed sitting where he was in the dugout -- not only blocking his own soon-to-be pissed-off catcher, but even having a bigger brain freeze and seemingly thinking he was a fan, reaching up for a moment to try and catch the ball.
But that play, of what should have been the last out of the inning, amusing as it is, isn't why I'm posting this. It's because of what happened on the very next pitch. A pitch, remember, which never should have occurred.
Let's just say that, like his catcher, the Seattle pitcher Roenis Elias isn't really all that happy either.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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