I told you there would be great pitching in today's game, but we all got a bit more than we bargained for, no? Jered Weaver may have been outdueled by Justin Verlander and lost the game, but in my opinion, Weaver got the moral victory for standing up to the Tigers for their bizarre showboating antics.
My one complainy about this fine, fine game was that the sterling pitching performance from Justin Verlander gets overlooked a bit because of the turmoil that erupted between Weaver and the Tigers.
It obviously all started with Magglion Ordonez, he of the Mathis-like .236/.297/.316 slash line, felt the need to admire the two-run homer he cranked of Weaver early in the game. I can almost forgive Magglio for giving taking a few moments too many to watch his home run fly, after all, he did absolutely step on that pitch and it was only his fourth homer of the year, so he had to savor it while it lasted. You'd think an aged and accomplished player like Ordonez would be able to act like he'd been there before, but, so be it.
As for Carlos Guillen, I have no sympathy nor any respect for his role in this conflagration. I don't care if Weaver gave Magglio a little lip after his homer and the Tigers didn't appreciate it, there is no excuse for him staring down his homer at the plate and then staring down Weaver himself the entire way to first. We are going to hear a lot about unwritten rules from the Tigers later, but I fail to see Guillen acting like a Grade A punk fits into that, especially his BS excuse after the game about staring down the homer because he wasn't sure if it was going to stay fair. If you are going to try and be a tough guy, Carlos, at least have the huevos to own up to it afterwards.
For Detroit to then get upset that he buzzed Alex Avila's tower the very next pitch, is beyond bush league. Did they really not expect him to retaliate? Honestly, Leyland is more old school than anyone in baseball, he had to know what was coming next. I'm just glad that Weaver stood up to the Tigers and did the ABSOLUTE RIGHT thing by buzzing his tower. That, to me, is what an ace does and this was a battle of aces, right? Weaver was just living up to his billing. The Tigers though, were just living down to the behavior of no class punks.
- I know Weaver is getting crap for throwing at Avila's head, which I get on a certain level. If it were someone like Fernando Rodney who has poor control throwing the pitch, I'd say it was too far, but it was Jered and his pinpoint control who deliberately threw it a foot over Avila's head. Besides, Avila would've been an idiot to not know it was coming and certainly looked like he was more than ready to duck. Who knows? Maybe Weaver will avoid a suspension because he didn't actually hit Avila, though I kind of doubt it since he did go for the head, which is very frowned upon.
- As I said, the Tigers called Erick Aybar bush league for dropping a bunt in the eighth to try and break up the no-hitter. Yup, he broke the unwritten rule, one I would normally chastise him for violating, but after the way the Tigers acted the inning before, the rule book was thrown out the window, which is why I applaud Aybar for what he did. Besides, it was a close game and Aybar did get on base via the bunt to score a run and put the Angels in a position where they nearly tied it up, so everyone in Detroit can go ahead and shut the hell up about the bunt.
- This game couldn't have left me in a worse mood. I'm so glad that Reagins made that blockbuster trade at the deadline to make me feel better. What? He didn't? Ugh. I guess I'm just going to have to go light a Carlos Guillen jersey on fire to cheer myself up.
Normally this spot is reserved for the Angel most to blame for the loss, but Guillen was such a screaming asshole for his little display, that he gets the award and will hopefully get a Rawlings tattoo on his forehead the next time he faces the Angels
I just wish Weaver would have waited to give it to Guillen at his next at bat. I'm stoked that #mvweav wasn't going to take sh!t from anyone, BUT, it is a team game and now we will likely lose our best pitcher for what COULD be a much needed game, when we need him the most. Anyone who calls Aybar "bush league" is bush league themselves. I'm just glad that most of the baseball brains (on MLBNetwork/ESPN) out there, agree.
Verlander can pack it - idiot. Does he, or any other Detroit pitcher for that matter, really think he will get to Aybar after making it common knowledge that he plans on it? Moron. I hope we see the kittens in October!
@azhalofan That's the problem with a) it happening so late in the game and b) so few games with teams outside your division; Weaver might not have gotten another chance at Guillen. The very next batter makes the statement, though.
Magglio did not stand and admire his home run. He has never been a player like that. He stood and watched to see if it went fair or foul. Anyone watching the highlights would know that and see that. But then again, they would also know how to spell his name (Magglion). Magglio's very next plate appearance, he flied out. Weaver chose that opportunity to have words with Magglio which, no doubt, fired up the Tiger bench. Guillen's "pose" was sarcastic retaliation. Jered Weaver is a hothead and a punk. Much like his brother, Jeff, while he played in Detroit.
@84Tigers hothead?? Funny....go dust off the 1984 VHS copy of your last World Series victory and sit back while you watch that "Hothead" win the Cy Young Award this year. #angels #tigers
@84Tigers Wait up, there, ol' hoss. Are you telling me (speaking of the '84 Tigers) that Jack Morris would have let that sh...uh..."stuff" go by? Or Dan Petry, even? Don't be a total homer, I wouldn't be happy if guys on my team Cadillac'd it like that and you should know better than condone it, too. What I AM apply about is both Weaver's and Aybar's reactions. There used to be immediate and painful consequences for players like Guillen being an A-ho...uh..."jerk". It kept stuff like that under control. Weaver's pitch was so high it was more of a warning shot across the bow. When Bob Gibson retaliated there was no escape, only pain. And Mags' slo-mo pose may not have been so cut and dried live and in person. Watching on TV my first thought was, "Run, dummy!"
@84Tigers I don't speak Sarcasm as a foreign language. Sarcasm or not, no one should be expected to take a first punch without reacting. I probably would go for the altercation, though, going to punch Guillén in his face before he could reach 1B.
@84Tigers Busted me on the typo, but I don't think it is clear that he was only watching to see if it was fair or foul. But as I said in the post, I actually don't think his stare down was that bad. He smoked that ball and deserved to admire it a bit.
Guillen though, he took it WAY too far. He wasn't being sarcastic, he was rubbing it in Weaver's face. There is no arguing that. I know he is normally a good guy, but you can't expect to show a guy up in such a big way without getting a reaction. Any pitcher that doesn't get pissed off after showboating like that is not a pitcher I want on my team.