Posted by: portersprospectreport | September 1, 2008

Hey Brew Crew, Quit Your C.C.rying


"I should've used my glove."

"Why didn't I use my glove!"

Last night, C.C. Sabathia continued his dominance of the National League with a controversial near no-hitter against the hapless Pittsburgh Pirates.  As many of you already know, the Pirates’ Andy LaRoche hit a swinging bunt up the 3rd base line that the surprisingly agile Sabathia bobbled, allowing LaRoche to be safe at 1st base.

The Brewers organization, admidst much chirping from Ned Yost, Doug Melvin, and many players, is now filing a formal appeal to have the official scoring changed to an error in order to preserve the no-hitter for Sabathia.

Hey Milwaukee, you are in the thick of an exciting pennant race where you need to make up some ground in order to win your division and your lead of 5.5 games in the Wild Card is not 100% guaranteed.  From my standpoint, I did not see anything wrong with the scoring decision.  Sabathia had to come off of the mound, grab the ball with his bare hand across his body, swivel and throw.  In a game where balls lost in the sun or misjudged by outfielders are ruled hits, I don’t think this call is in any way agredious.

Additionally, this play happened in the 5th inning, not the 9th.  Had it happened in the 9th, perhaps the scoring outcome would have been different.  Also, the play was made by Sabathia and not someone else, thus, rendering him responsible for the outcome.  Sabathia deserves credit for taking the mistake upon himself saying,

“If I had used my glove, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.”

Milwaukee, it has been a while since you have been relevant this late in the season.  You have the talent to represent your league in the World Series.  Refocus your vision and let this one go…

Your thoughts?


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