The ball was really flying out of CBP on Monday. David Wright returned to the Mets lineup and started the Mets' home run barrage with a long blast in the second inning; Wilmer Flores hit two, and Yoenis Cespedes ended the night with a two-run homer in the ninth, saving Jacob deGrom from an ugly loss. DeGrom allowed three home runs of his own and didn't make it out of the third inning. Travis d'Arnaud, Michael Cuddyer, Juan Lagares and Daniel Murphy also homered.
Did you see Daniel Murphy's home run in the above video? Well, Larry Bowa didn't take too kindly to his admiring and bat flip, and made a point of letting him know in the following game. In the seventh inning on Tuesday, Mets reliever Hansel Robles appeared to quick-pitch Darin Ruf, and the Phillies dugout took issue with it. Jeff Francoeur jumped from the dugout followed by Bowa, who directed his trademark vitriol at the umpires immediately after getting tossed. He would then turn his attention to Murphy, showering him with f-bombs and suggesting he could wear a fastball in the ribs in the future.
Carlos Gomez, our favorite non-Brave EVER, was in the middle of another controversy on Tuesday. The Astros were already up 9-0 when Gomez flied out to center in the sixth inning; Gomez flipped the bat away in disgust, and that apparently made some of the Yankees angry. Three times Gomez told the Yankees bench to "shut up"; Joe Girardi said the frustration showed a lack of "professionalism".
They are kicking our rear ends, show a little professionalism to the pitcher. I know you missed a pitch and you are frustrated by it. I just think it is a little too much.
To which Gomez replied:
I don't care what Joe Girardi says. ... If [the Yankees] feel frustrated, that's not my problem. This is part of the game, part of the nature of competition, and those who don't know how to compete, can just go home and cry.
The folks at Pinstripe Alley injected their opinion as well:
Carlos Gomez sure yaps his trap a lot for a dude hitting worse than Stephen Drew since coming back to the AL.— Pinstripe Alley (@pinstripealley) August 26, 2015
Curt Schilling has become a polarizing figure since his playing days ended, whether it was for debating evolution for four hours on Twitter or suggesting he was omitted from the Hall of Fame earlier this year for being a Republican. His latest Twitter fiasco involved him tweeting (and then deleting) a picture comparing Muslim extremists to Nazis on Tuesday. ESPN saw this and promptly pulled him from LLWS coverage, and also removed him from the upcoming Sunday Night Baseball telecast.
When the Mariners signed Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz, everyone expected them to end their long playoff drought, but that's not going to happen. Friday, the Mariners fired the now former GM Jack Zduriencik, who took the position in 2009, as they will most assuredly (barring a miracle) fall short of the playoffs for the 14th year in a row. Assistant GM Jeff Kingston will serve as interim until a replacement is named.
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