Friday, June 22, 2007

Miguel Tejada and the Integrity of the Game

For those who may be outraged about Miguel Tejada's bogus bunt to maintain his streak, consider the following:

Friday, September 25, 1987: Against the Yankees, Cal Ripken strikes out looking in the first and uncharacteristically (and somewhat suspiciously) argues balls and strikes until ejected.

Monday, August 7, 1989: Cal takes the field in the top of the 1st against the Twins and then is inexplicably lifted in the bottom of the first for Rene Gonzales (???).

Sunday, September 29, 1996: Against Toronto, Cal has one AB and is lifted for Manny Alexander.

Sunday, July 20, 1997: Cal strikes out looking in his first AB and is replaced at third by Aaron Ledesma.

What do all those games have in common? Cal had 1 AB or less in each game and the streak remained in tact. And don't get me started on Lou Gehrig's streak...

If you stood up and applauded Cal when he broke the streak, get off of Dave Trembley's and Miguel Tejada's backs.

6 comments:

Gleich said...

THANK YOU. geez. everyone's acting like this is the most embarrassing thing the o's have ever done. this isn't even the most embarrassing thing the o's have done THIS WEEK.

hrb said...

"this isn't even the most embarrassing thing the o's have done THIS WEEK."

Ah, now you've said something! I'm all for pointing out the organizations foibles but if you jump on every little thing it starts to become white noise after awhile.

Anonymous said...

On Aug 7th, 1989, Cal was ejected before his at-bat was completed for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire Drew Coble.

hrb said...

Thanks, I couldn't tell what had happened from the box score and didn't remember that ejection.

Marc said...

And in which game did he get the lead runner out on a terrible bunt?

hrb said...

If you flub a bunt with the runner on first, you still have a runner on first, just with one out.

When Cal struck out looking with a man on third in 1987, there was still a man on third, just with one out.

The result is the same...