From Cutch to Slap-Happy Ahmed: Curse ‘Zona
So let’s take a look at the Pirates’ last two days in Phoenix.
Saturday, Andrew McCutchen is drilled by a pitch, which very sensibly could have led to the oblique injury that will land him on the DL for the first time in his career, seriously impacting the Bucs’ playoff chances.
Sunday, the D-backs won because the umpires let one of their baserunners flagrantly knock down an automatic inning-ending throw.
Both things suck. Which sucks more will depend on the length of McCutchen’s absence.
I’m not a doctor. I don’t even play one on TV nor slept at the Holiday Inn.
But I do know that the body is an intricate web of interconnected muscles and tendons, and one area weakened by pain can lead to injury in another.
A few innings before Randall Delgado’s hit on Andrew’s spine, he had flown through the air for a diving, twisting catch of a line drive. And got up smiling.
Are you going to tell me that a man can put his body through something like that without a problem — and the next day become incapacitated by doing something he has done thousands of times? Swing a bat?
The thing that happened in-between was the pitch, to retaliate for Paul Goldschmidt. Although Cutch said he had little day-after issues other than tightness, it had to impact his normal pregame preparation. His body wasn’t in as fine a tune as normal. Hence, the breakdown.
As for Nick Ahmed batting down Jayson Nix’s double play relay in the 10th — short of going into second waving a tennis racket, that’s as flagrant as interference gets. Even the other Diamondbacks knew it — check the video: They weren’t celebrating, expecting the play to be waved off and the game to continue.
From damnable to inexcusable. Quite a tandem.
I blame Sheriff Joe Arpaio.