I know the referees like to remove the bats when they expect a game on the plate, but one would think they would do it with a little caution.
During a rally at the Chicago White Sox in the first inning yesterday against the Toronto Blue Jays and pitcher Alec Manoah, longtime American League MVP candidate Jose Abreu, who was on deck, ran behind the home plate to coach runner Jake Lamb on your slider on the plate. As he moved behind the plate, however, home referee Erich Bacchus decided to hit his kneecaps as a scene outside. Goodfellas.
Seriously, Bacchus, why are you trying to send this bat to the seventh row with this throw? Maybe next time you can casually put it aside, in your field of vision, where you know it’s safe. Abreu, as the player you like to root for, stayed in the game. Personally, I am a fan of the commentator’s suggestion that he should receive a free swing at Bacchus.
Bacchus is a 30-year-old rookie judge who has suffered a rough job this season. A few weeks ago, his striking area was less than ideal, leading to a heated exchange between him and Cubs manager David Ross only in the fourth inning on low ground, called a strike against Chris Bryant.
The mic was hot and you could hear Rossi worth the money after he ran out of the game.
“You’ve been a horseman all night,” he said, among many other colorful descriptors of how bad his impact zone was. “Be better. Be better.”
Currently, the White Sox are in first place in AL Central, 4.0 games before Cleveland … still-Indians-but-perhaps soon-avengers. They will need their star player to avoid ugly injuries, such as being hit by the referees to continue their excitement in the middle of the season.