You’re probably familiar with the idea of a TOOTBLAN – when a player is “thrown out on the bases like a nincompoop.” It is a handy acronym busted out when a player, well, is thrown out on the bases like a nincompoop. It is usually reserved for egregious acts of baseball running negligance, ignoring good sense and smart baseball in pursuit of personal glory.
This very unusual play involving David Murphy of the Texas Rangers is not a TOOTBLAN so much as it’s a WOTBLAN – Murphy “Wandered Off the Base Like A Nincompoop.”
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Did Michael Young die, or is that simply what Jon Daniels told Ron Washington to keep him from etching Michael Young’s name into the lineup card everyday? Either way, the ever-weird Rangers/Michael Young love ballad refuses to end.
It was 26 up and 26 down for Yu Darvish tonight against the Houston Astros. Sure, they’re the Astros but Yu Darvish has something special goingt. He repeatedly threw his filthy slider in full counts (the rare time he ran a three-ball count, mind you) and had his way with the lowly American League neophytes. Good team or bad, nobody was touching Darvish tonight.
26 batters up, 26 batters down. 14 strikeouts, a boatload of swinging strikes – TWENTY-SEVEN, to be exact. After battling through the 8th inning, murmurs began to surface on twitter about Darvish’s pitch count. Dare Ron Washington pull his starter if his pitch count rose too high in the first outing of the year> Two very quick outs started Darvish’s ninth inning, quieting those concerns. So close, now…
It might not end up being the Houston Astros year but March 31st was certainly the Houston Astros’ night. Everything went the way of the scrappy club predicted to lose more games than any team in baseball. The Stros made their American League debut in style, showing off their flashy new uniforms and blasting their cross-state — and new division — rivals the Texas Rangers 8-2.
Everything that could go the Astros way did. The play featured in the image above, wherein Justin Maxwell picks a ball off the grass after making a valiant diving effort, was ruled a catch. Pinch hitter and fourth outfielder extraordinaire Rick Ankiel hit a key three-run homer off reliever Derek Lowe.
The Astros brought in their fifth starter, reclamation project Erik Bedard, to pitch in relief and he ended up throwing three and one-third sparkling innings, allowing just a broken bat single in the ninth for the highly unusual save.
From the look of things, “highly unusual” is going to be uttered in the same breath as “the Houston Astros” quite a few times this season.
It’s hard to argue that any team has experienced the success that the Texas Rangers have had over the last three seasons. Two consecutive American League championships heading into last year—including being one strike away from a World Series title…twice.
Then last season the Rangers led the AL West practically from wire-to-wire, taking over first place after their fourth game of the year and holding on to it until the very last day when the upstart A’s snatched the division title from their grasp. Finally, in the first ever AL wild card play-in game, the Rangers were knocked out by another annoying upstart team in the Orioles and what looked to be another great season evaporated in a matter of 72 hours.