Well, that was fun last night, huh? Nothing quite like piling stupid on top of stupid on top of stupid, which we did around here, as umpire Bill Miller made two bad calls, Brett Lawrie lost his fucking meat-head mind, a human-shaped pile of excrement tossed a beer at Miller, and commenters bent over backwards to moronically defend one particular side of this from bad old Parkes and his telling it 100% exactly like it is. It’s amazing to me that it needs to be said, again, but holy fuckballs, Miller’s calls do not justify Lawrie’s actions, some fucking laughably misplaced notion of “passion” doesn’t justify Lawrie’s actions, and if there’s anybody to be upset at, maybe it’s the fucking concrete-skulled fuckhead who just took away one of of his team’s best players for upwards of ten games because he wasn’t man enough to restrain himself from raging like a six-year-old– and it’s entirely irrelevant whether his frustration was justified or not.
Oh, but how dare we try to spoil a good batch of all-direction venom and despicable behaviour with our entirely appropriate reaction, huh?
“The so-called ‘Drunk Jays Fans’ chastise booing, call justified frustration ‘shameful’, and no doubt have their judging fingers in the air when there’s a little hooliganism at the game,” says one particular fucking moron in last night’s comments, who doesn’t seem to comprehend that drunk doesn’t mean dumb as all goddamn fuck. “These guys are no better than the Rogers-employed Buck Martinez who has to obsequiously pretend like the calls were ‘questionable’ and not just the piles of shit that anyone with two eyes could see that they were. Passionless sell-outs!! Especially Parkes, he’s just a turd.”
But- but- but- but I came here to have my stupid, vile, emotional, knee-jerk, transparently homer-ish reaction endorsed! Now you’re telling me I shouldn’t think like a piece festering garbage???
But there’s good news! You can all go commiserate with Wilner if you really, seriously, actually want to fucking pretend that Miller’s calls were any worse than ones you could find in just about any game– or earlier that game, in the Jays favour!– or that there isn’t a major problem with a player throwing his helmet so violently at the feet of the umpire in a blind rage.
Good luck with that, and now here’s what the sane world is saying about it…
@Buster_ESPN Bill Miller often tells me he loves the pitch/fx data and constantly self evaluates to see where he misses pitches
— Dave Flemming (@FlemmingDave) May 16, 2012
Folks, this should not even need to be said. #BlueJays‘ Lawrie was out of line and deserves suspension. Calls were bad. Reaction was worse.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 16, 2012
Checked with #MLB. Discipline for umpires handled same as discipline for players. League announces suspensions but not fines.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 16, 2012
Wilner adds this schedule-related bit of good-ish news…
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) May 16, 2012
The Jays don’t visit New York, where the commissioner’s office is, until after the All-Star break.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star points out that Miller will be working the Jays series against the Yankees that starts tonight, and sympathizes a little with Lawrie, as he seems to be of the mind that Miller’s called strike three was a lot higher than it really was.
Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail tells the Jays that it’s time to grow up.
Also as always, at Getting Blanked, Ryan Oakley knocks it out of the park, arguing that robot umpires are not the answer.
And Parkes dives back in, this time heading for the nuts and bolts, and showing how absolutely in-line with some of his earlier calls the second-last strike to Lawrie was, according to Pitch F/X. (Still bad, mind you, just maybe not mind-blowingly fuck-you bad.)
The video isn’t up yet, but you can hear the Lawrie-fied edition of today’s Getting Blanked Show on iTunes or by downloading the mp3 here. (Bonus Joe Carter talk in our discussion of RBIs during the Stat Learnin’ segment!)
Extra Base Hit wonders what the fuck Lawrie would have to do to have Jays fans turn on him.
“It’s one of the accepted unwritten rules of the game that a player does not show up an umpire and Miller wouldn’t be the first umpire to send a message to a young player,” writes Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail, adding that “Lawrie’s post-game response in the Blue Jays clubhouse was properly measured if not exactly over-flowing with contrition.”
John Sickels weighs in at Minor League Ball and gets it absolutely right: “the guy with the bat and the helmet absolutely must stay in control of his emotions, even if he’s being baited.”
Mop Up Duty gets into some heavy duty heat maps to check out Bill Miller’s not-very-good night.
The Tao of Stieb would like to see John Farrell maybe have a sit-down with his young, hot-headed star.
And lastly, just because I don’t want to leave it up to frothing commenters to actually click on the link to see this, here’s the strike zone plot for last night…