Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tales Through Pictures, No. 4

What a glorious game, May 12, 2008:

















12 comments:

Little Johnny Jewel said...

Mosquitoes bite Ranking Roger at Lincoln Centre?

The Jestaplero said...

The Mets and their fans, then, had plenty of reasons to be displeased after a dispiriting 10-4 loss to the last-place Washington Nationals on Monday night at Shea Stadium. But nothing the Mets did left anyone as riled up as Nelson Figueroa was after what he called “unprofessional” behavior by those in the opposing dugout.

It was the third inning, and the Nationals had the bases loaded. In the Washington dugout, a few players, led by Elijah Dukes, started clapping rhythmically to try to unnerve Figueroa, who had walked Nick Johnson to force in a run.

Figueroa retired the next two batters and looked over toward them, clapping in his glove. As he neared the Mets’ dugout, he lifted his arms over his shoulders and gave a mock cheer.

“They were cheerleading in the dugout like a bunch of softball girls,” Figueroa, the losing pitcher, said. “I’m a professional, just like anybody else. I take huge offense to that. If that’s what a last-place team needs to do to fire themselves up, so be it. I think you need to show a little bit more class, a little bit more professionalism. They won tonight, but again, in the long run, they are who they are.”

The Jestaplero said...

Sorry, that was Ben Shpigel writing in the NYT.

The Jestaplero said...

From Wikipedia's entry "Elijah Dukes":

Off-the-field problems

Since 1998, he has been arrested 6 times on charges including possession of marijuana, assault, and resisting an officer. On May 23 2007 it was reported that his wife filed a restraining order after he threatened to kill her.

On June 12, a 17-year-old foster child who was living in the care of a relative of Dukes accused him of impregnating her. Police say the sex was apparently consensual, and no crime was committed, but they are investigating. When the girl confronted Dukes, he allegedly got angry and threw a bottle of Gatorade at her.

...Dukes likes to celebrate home runs by simulating a "dump truck" on home plate...

Mister Parker said...

I wouldn't mind if Elijah Dukes took an actual dump at home plate provided he'd hit one of those freakin' home runs they signed him for ...

Your first picture, however, the fly in amber, made me think of Amber Volakis and sent my brain spiraling off in an entirely different direction. A much better place, I must say, that anything related to baseball ...

Mister Parker said...

As for Mr. Figueroa, there's an old-school baseball tradition for dealing with behavior you find annoying, and it ain't whining in the press, it's a fastball in the earhole. I mean, can you imagine Bob Gibson or Nolan Ryan -- after a losing effort, mind you -- boo-hoo-ing to the media about their opponent's unprofessional behavior. They would have simply put the first guy up in the next inning on their tail. I mean, Jeez-us, Don Drysdale once hit a guy rather than intentionally walk him because he didn't want to waste three pitches!

What the world needs now is less whining and more beanballs.

The Jestaplero said...

Yes, instead of discussing the events of the game in response to questions from reporters, I think more athletes should express themselves by attempting to kill or permanently disfigure their opponents.

I mean, why wait to the next inning to throw a pitch at someone's head? Why not just pick up a bat and charge the dugout?

The Jestaplero said...

By the way, John Maine hit the leadoff Nats hitter with his first pitch last night. Awesome!

Mister Parker said...

"Yes, instead of discussing the events of the game in response to questions from reporters, I think more athletes should express themselves by attempting to kill or permanently disfigure their opponents."

I see we are on the same page.

Actually, now that I think about it, maybe Figueroa should have thrown at the reporters' heads.

Re: beaning the first Nat with the first pitch last night. I heartily approve, even if I am a Nats fan. The three things I miss most about my childhood of the 1960s are the Beatles, Batman and beanballs.

Actually, that's not true. I really miss Diana Rigg as Mrs. Peel, but "Batman" is more alliterative ...

Mister Parker said...

Oh, and if a reporter asks you a question, the appropriate baseball answer is "I was too busy earning a living pitching to notice what was going on in the opponent's dugout."

And then you drill somebody.

Never let the other guy see that he's getting under your skin. Unless it's in the guise of a four seamer traveling 90 miles an hour.

Of course, turns out Figueroa isn't earning a living pitching anymore -- the Mets released him today. Nelson, we hardly knew ye, ya whining little pisher ...

The Jestaplero said...

The overwhelming consensus is that Figueroa should have kept his mouth shut "because he should have been more concerned with" the fact that the Nats won and the Mets lost.

So, I guess winning (one game) excuses poor sportsmanship. And Figueroa should be ashamed of himself for having a poor outing. Not only that, we should all rejoice and further taunt him because he's now unemployed.

I just want to make sure we're all straight on this.

I wonder what Frank Robinson would have done?

Mister Parker said...

Frank Robinson would have opened one eye and snapped, "Will you guys shut up?! You're disturbing my nap."

And then he would have gone out onto the field and lectured Nelson Figueroa on the nature of being a man and perhaps added some tips on laying down a bunt while he was out there. Then he would have changed pitchers a couple of times and traded three of them between the mound and the dugout. Even if they played for the Mets.

You know, and I LIKE Frank Robinson ...