The Baseball Desert

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Baseball Desert Survey

Today's question:

Is Angel Hernandez the worst umpire in the major leagues?

a) Yes
b) Yes
c) Yes
d) Not quite sure, but probably yes

Angel Hernandez is not a major league umpire: he's a controversy waiting to happen. Every time this guy is behind the plate, you know that there's going to be some kind of incident during the game. His aim in life seems not to be to go about his job of umpiring the games in an intelligent and discreet manner, but rather to put those egotistical, overpaid ballplayers in their rightful place. They may be earning more in a week than Angel earns in a year, but that doesn't mean he won't show 'em who's the boss out there.

Maybe he had a point with Lugo's non-time-out, but if he did, then he made it by having Cabrera throw the first pitch to an empty batter's box. The second pitch, complete with over-exaggerated "Play ball!" motion to the pitcher, was designed merely to show Lugo up. That's not umpiring a major league game - that's having a major league chip on your shoulder.

Well, screw Angel Hernandez - the Sox won anyway. They waited to see if the new, efficient Daniel Cabrera could keep it up for a full game, and disovered in the seventh that he couldn't. They welcomed the old, wild Daniel Cabrera back with open arms and then jumped all over the bullpen to secure the win.

Oh, and a word to young Josh. Curt went seven innings today, and gave up just one run on five hits - you wanna show him who the ace is, you know what you gotta do tonight.

Obsessive Anal-Retentive Game Counter: 19