The buddy cops driving the unwritten MLB rules squad car last night were Bob Melvin and Eric Hosmer of SDPD. Padres The manager and first consecutive main man had trouble with a single song by the giants Companion man Mauricio Dupont in the sixth game with San Francisco until nine games.
This is what Summer He said he told Dupont after the playand one can only assume that his tone was as descending as the quote suggests.
“I definitely told him how I felt, how we felt about it. He said it was a sign their staff gave him. I just told him I think you should be a little smarter in this situation. You obviously have been playing professional football for a long period of time if you are at that level. You have to be smarter than that.”
Of course, giants Manager Gabe Kapler was asked about it after the game, and his response was basically, I’m here not just to beat teams but to grind staff to dirt so that by the last game of a series, they need to fill roles with offenders.
Here’s the full quote if you’re at work and don’t have headphones.
“Our goal is not exclusively to win one game in a series. It’s an attempt to win the entire series. Sometimes, that means trying to dig a little deeper into the opponent’s pen. I understand that many teams do not like this strategy. I understand why. It’s something we talked about as a team before the season and that we were comfortable going forward with this strategy. It should not be disrespectful in any way. This is because we feel comfortable and strategic. It’s the best way to win a series. When I say cool, I mean calm. We are not emotional about it. We’re not trying to hurt anyone.”
Before you say “Yes, but…” remember who you’re dealing with here. Kapler is NL’s governing director of the year. His team won 107 games in 2021, the year Vegas set their pre-season win with a bottom/win total at 73. He’s comfortable with strategy, and Padres might disagree with Kapler’s “I don’t care, I’m going to steal Mom’s win by a regular-season series, But he is “comfortable” with it. He may not think he is “cool” in the context of saying, But I do.
The burning of weapons has become a flashpoint of controversy, so the Giants manager said that he is actively trying to do so shows a disregard for the integrity of the game considered sacred in the era of unwritten rules. (The bot analytics crowd is already building a statue in honor of Kepler, and that part of this hurts. I fall into the category of people who shy away from unrepentant gaming art.)
Here are some solutions for San Diego the next time this happens: Don’t let the other team run into the score, or a third baseman run to the pile and have him throw BP until all 27 teams are scored.
The first option is definitely more difficult than the second option. However, if you want to nullify the San Francisco squad that is depleting your database, use the same calculated technique against them and kill turns with an arm that doesn’t matter. While this may seem to lengthen the game, have you seen a home derby? If you’re willing to throw a steady stream of meatballs across the board, you’ll get enough balls to pop up and land balls pretty quickly.
Padres was down nine runs in the sixth inning. They weren’t hanging out, they were trying to get back to the hotel. If Melvin hadn’t wanted more embarrassment for his team, the Queen of Spades would have lost the rest of the game and tried again the next day.
It didn’t do well for Coach Buttermaker at Bad News Bears, but this team did just fine despite their alcoholism and racism. San Diego’s rant about unwritten rules was just as illogical as Walter Mathew before he fell drunk during training.
On the other hand, it was Kapler’s logic – a kind of “I’m going for your throat” strategy that fans praise Bill Belichick. I hate to go by the whole “this guy’s an evil genius” thing, but this was boiled down to Thanos’ surprising simplicity. I did well.