The pop-up San Diego Padres, one of the most entertaining teams in the league, makes a solid charge of the reigning reigning (many reigns in a row) NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s exciting to see the Dodgers be dethroned, and you could see why the Padres players would be so uplifted.
For example, if you were a young Padres player and hit a home run in Clayton Kershaw’s 6th inning to level the game, you’d be pretty inflated, wouldn’t you? Can you look at it a little more or maybe turn to your dugout? Are you throwing a little bat? I’m sure. Here’s Trent Grisham doing it:
Big fly, this is Trent for equality 💪 # FriarFaithful pic.twitter.com/ojV9I9FZ8O
̵1; San Diego Padres (@Padres) September 15, 2020
SEPTEMBER BASEBALL pic.twitter.com/DtHof0o9kx
– Cut4 (@ Cut4) September 15, 2020
The Padres, pumped enough, continued to add five tracks in the next inning and beat the Dodgers, closing the gap in NL West to just 1.5 games. Grisham’s Homer was a BIG deal.
But that didn’t stop Dodgers manager Dave Roberts from crying after the game in the most hopeless way possible.
“I don’t mind the boys admiring Homer, it’s definitely a big game, a big hit,” Roberts said after the game. “[I] I really like the player. But I just felt that too much – to stay at home, certainly against a man like Clayton, who has the respect of everyone in the big leagues and what he did in this game, I just made an exception. Because I think there’s some respect you give to one person [like that] if you point Homer against him. “
So … you can enjoy a great home run, but not if you hit it from a good pitcher? What if it’s just a decent pitcher? What if it was really a minor leak at home from a horrible pitcher? It takes about two seconds to realize how extremely banal and stupid this moment is, and you look like a giant chick if you whine at it.
A Kershaw-sized pitcher “deserves to be treated fairly as a competitor. And if the dough takes it to a big place, so be it. He can’t control what the dough does, and if that dough doesn’t come to the mound and pee on his shoes, it’s all in the game. What, should Grisham apologize for crushing the ball? “I’m so sorry to do that to you, sir, I know you’re the future Hall of Fame, and instead I have to kiss the rings you don’t have.”
At least Kershaw himself was in the right position: “I will not worry about their team. Let him do what he wants.
Keep in mind that it was this Dodgers team that made a certain line about taking the ball out of the ocean when Madison Boomgarner stepped up with Max Muncie. I mean, they turned it into a T-shirt:
“If you don’t want me to watch the ball, you can take it out of the ocean.” Max @ maxmuncy9 at his first HR inning by Madison Bumgarner. pic.twitter.com/lBSkGADMQd
– SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) June 9, 2019
This is the second time this year that young Padres attackers have been caught in a completely grim, “old school” beef for “respect.” Fernando Tatis Jr. received nonsense – including from his own manager – for COURAGE to swing 3-0 on the field and hit the Grand Slam in seven games.
Just keep doing your thing, Padres.