I know the referees want to keep the bats out of the way when they anticipate a game on the plate, but you might think they would do it with a little caution.
During a Chicago White Sox rally in the first leg yesterday against the Toronto Blue Jays and pitcher Alek Manoah, perennial American League MVP candidate Jose Abreu, who was orn bridge, he ran behind the home plate to train baserunner Jake Lamb on his slide in the plate. As he moved behind the plate, however, home plate referee Erich Bacchus decided to beat his rolls like an offside scene. Casino.
Seriously, Bacchus, why are you trying to send that bat into the seventh row with that shot? Maybe next time you can put it casually on the side, in your field of vision, where you know it’s safe. Abreu, being the type of player you like to root, has been in the game. Personally, I’m a fan of the commenter’s suggestion that you should get a free swing at Baku.
Bacchus is a 30-year-old rookie referee who has had a bit of bad luck this season. A couple of weeks ago, his strike zone was less than ideal, leading to a heated exchange between him and Cubs manager David Ross, only in the fourth inning in a low-pitched tone called strike against Kris Bryant.
The microphone was hot and you could hear Rossy getting the value of his money after he ran away from the game.
“You were furious all night,” he said, among several other colorful remarks about how bad his strike zone was. “It’s better.” It’s better. “
The White Sox are currently in first place in AL Central, game 4.0 ahead of Cleveland … still-Indians-but-maybe-soon-Avengers. They will need their star player to avoid freak injuries as they will be hit by referees for them to continue their growth in the middle of the season.