It's the bottom of the 8th inning. The visiting pitcher
has a perfect game going. The batter pulls off the ugliest
bunt in years. A bloop bunt that goes about 20 feet
in the air and lands just shy of the infield dirt in front
of the charging second baseman who can't make the play.
- John Clarence,
Good-bye perfect game. Good-bye no hitter.
Was it good baseball? Or was it chicken "dung"!
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Recently at the "Q" in San Diego, the score was
2-0 in favor of the man pitching the perfect game. The two
teams were tied for first place about a third of the way
through the season. Arizona Diamondbacks coach Bob Brenley
called it chicken "dung" (my translation).
I call it good baseball. The batter was Ben Davis of
the San Diego Padres. The pitcher: Curt Schilling. Schilling
says he can't get pissed about it.
Ben says his bunt allowed the tying run to come to the plate.
Schilling walked that guy and later gave up two more hits
anyway. But Bob Brenley still says Davis' bunt was uncalled
for. "Ben Davis is a young player and has a lot to
learn about how this game is played," Brenley said.
There's an unwritten rule in baseball that if a pitcher
has a no-hitter in or beyond the sixth inning hitters are
supposed to "earn" their way on base with a hit
not by laying down a cheap bunt.
Ben Davis was more interested in winning a game than
following some silly unwritten rule of baseball. Ben Davis
If the Padres are down 6-0 or if they're 10 games out of
first place, I can understand Brenley's whining. But given
the situation, Brenley needs to think twice. If roles were
reversed he'd be defending that bunt to the end of the season.
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