After two, drama-filled wins over the Los Angeles Dodgers, the up-and-down San Francisco Giants are doing everything to stay relevant in the baseball world.
A game over .500 (61-60) headed into Wednesday, the Giants don’t have the look of a postseason team, but that’s something I’m not interested in breaking down and addressing.
Nope, it’s about what went down in the bottom of the seventh inning in Tuesday nights 2-1 win over the Dodgers, and how baseball’s idiotic ancient codes are the stupidest thing in sports.
Once again, the Giants were annoyed with Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig’s antics, which spurred a “brawl” in what was already a very intense game between rivals.
Puig was ticked after fouling a 1-1 pitch from Giants reliever Tony Watson, tossing his bat in the air with disgust and spewing obscenities to himself.
For some reason, Giants backup catcher Nick Hundley decided to share his thoughts with Puig, and although he didn’t share what he said afterward, it certainly seemed like he was basically telling Puig to stop whining and demanding that he get into the batter’s box.
I’m not the biggest Puig fan, and I’m sure the Dodgers are tired of his act, but Hundley was wrong to try to police him. Who deptuized him as Enforcer of the Unwritten Code?
Puig obviously didn’t like what Hundley had to say and shoved him. Hundley smacked his hands away. Puig shoved Hundley and next thing you know, the benches emptied and Puig took a swing at Hundley while his arms were pinned by third base coach George Lombard. Nobody was hurt, but Hundley and Puig were ejected for the shenanigans.
“That’s up to the league to discipline somebody,” Hundley said. “That’s not my job to enforce any behavioral stuff.”
But Hundley did act as if he were Dodgers manager Nick Hundley, trying to check Puig, and that was out of line. Stay in your lane and help the Giants try to become consistent.
Again, Puig can be childish with the way he flips his bat, glares at opponents and showboats. It’s Puig being Puig, which is a Dodger problem.
What I don’t get is why Hundley took offense for Puig being upset with himself for fouling off a ball. Puig mentally takes himself out of games. He can be a basket case. Doesn’t that work to Hundley and the Giants advantage?
Apparently not. The worst part about it was Hundley and the Giants playing dumb as to why the backup catcher was tossed.
“Their guy is the one who got physical,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “I don’t understand what they came up with Nick, but that’s what they came up with.”
Here’s what Puig had to say.
“He told me to stop complaining and step back in the box,” Puig told L.A. writers. “He just kept coming after me and kept complaining. I wasn’t going to let them disrespect our house.”
Puig can be easily baited and I’m sure the Dodgers can’t wait to unload the animated outfielder, but again, why does Hundley believe it’s his right to try to check Puig?
Dude, you’re not Posey. Your name is not Bruce Bochy, and you’re not Madison Bumgarner, who has the biggest beef with Puig.
Really, I was appalled by Hundley playing the “woe is me” card, basically blaming Puig for being the instigator. If Hundley doesn’t speak up, I’m writing a different column.
Baseball’s unwritten rules are so dumb. Really, the way players get mad about the antics of other players by plunking them with fastballs or sliding into a base with the intent to injure, it’s not shocking that baseball’s popularity continues to wane.
“I was proud of our guys,” Hundley said. “They were in there in a heartbeat. That’s something that’s going to bring us closer together. This is a really tight-knit group. We’ll feed off that. What a great win.”
You would think the start by Andrew Suarez and clutch RBIs by Alen Hanson would galvanize this bunch that’s underachieved thus far in 2018.