Can’t possibly imagine why anybody routinely patrolling the Rogers Centre outfield would end up having leg issues. The delightful artificial turf they’ve got in there, as seen here from one of the photos used here back when over the winter we breathlessly updated every new alteration to what used to be Windows Restaurant, looks super cushion-y and forgiving, eh?
Not only does the turf potentially fuck up hamstrings– like the one Melky Cabrera will have an MRI on today– it apparently also causes some vague kind of “weirdness.” That is, if you believe what they were talking about on last night’s Giants broadcast, as relayed by California-livin’ friend of the blog, Ryan Oakley:
“Playing on that weird turf that you don’t see in the National League any more. Weirdness is the word of the night.” Giants post game.
— Ryan Oakley (@thegrumpyowl) May 15, 2013
Word of the night indeed…
Sure, they were talking about some of the uncharacteristically sloppy play from the Giants, but weirdness was happening all over the place last night, the most notably– and delightfully, if you ask me– on the Sportsnet broadcast.
Seems that’s just par for the course, though, for text on Sportsnet’s screens, as over the weekend we saw some text following Gregg Zaun’s lead and rather hilariously calling it like it is when it comes to Chad Jenkins (via @ericashby and possibly theCHIVE):
More impressively weird, though, was earlier in the night, when we were treated to a not-terribly-informative graphic representation of the velocity drop on R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball from 2012 to 2013:
This prompted some hilarious other “Sportsnet stat graphics,” whipped up by our own @ScottJohnson48, like this one:
And this one:
Scott also provides for us the subtle-yet-fantastic reaction to one of the Jays’ weirder moments last night, which was when Maicer Izturis was caught stealing third base– a “miscommunication on signs,” as John Gibbons later called it, according to a tweet from Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star. I think it’s pretty clear that, in the moment, ol’ Gibbers would have used some different language to describe what had transpired on the field.
For me, though, the weirdest thing of all goes back to Melky Cabrera, who had his best game of the year– a 4-for-5, two run, two RBI performance– and did so against his old team, using a bat that they had delivered to him, which he’d used last year and was emblazoned with his number 53 in the burnt orange of the San Francisco Giants! This excellent look at it was tweeted by @BlueJayHunter during the game:
Henry Schulman of SFGate.com explains that Melky “left in such a hurry last year he didn’t take anything, including his bats. So equipment manager Mike Murphy delivered them to the Jays clubhouse when the Giants arrived yesterday.”
Stranger still is the fact that Schulman notes a contradiction in the stories that emerged about why Melky received his World Series ring in private. Earlier in the day it was being reported– as noted in a tweet from MLB.com’s Chris Toman that I used in last night’s Game Threat– that it had been Melky’s decision to receive the ring in private. That’s what Schulman thought too, as he writes that “when we asked Bochy at the start of batting practice why he didn’t have the ring with him, he said a Blue Jays official approached Giants media relations man Matt Chisholm and said Cabrera wanted to do it privately.”
After the game, though, Melky explained, “It was Bochy’s decision, whatever he wanted to do. He wanted to do it before the game, which was fine. If he wanted to do it on the field, that’s fine with me too. But they decided to just do it here inside.”
Schulman calls it “a whopper of a lie,” which… I couldn’t possibly care less. Weird, though. But if some supposed weirdness is all we have to endure on a night like that, and for a victory like that, holy shit, will I ever take it.