Carlos Guillen is an idiot! He sure showed Jered Weaver and the Angels, who’s the boss. Now, he owes his own pitcher, Justin Verlander an apology. Let me rewind..
Verlander was unbelievable today and should have no hit the Angels. However, he was done in by his teammate, Carlos Guillen. Detroit was already leading 2-0 when Guillen launched a home run off Weaver in the bottom of the 7th inning. Instead of putting his head down and rounding the bases, Guillen admired his shot while staring down Weaver. Weaver, not liking being shown up, had a few choice words for the Tigers 2nd baseman. Umpire, Hunter Wendlestedt, noticing all of this, warns both dugouts. The deal was sealed though, as Weaver threw one up and plunked the next batter, Alex Aliva. Weaver was ejected, along with manager Mike Scioscia.
After the dust settled, Verlander made it back out to the mound a good 20 minutes later. Realizing that baseball etiquette had taken a back seat, Erick Aybar laid down a bunt, reaching 1st on Verlander’s error. Two batters later, the Angels had a run. Two batters after that they had their first and only hit of the day – and their 2nd run. Verlander came back to strike out Torii Hunter to end the 8th, but the damage was done. Talk about waking up a team with one stupid move, that’s exactly what Guillen did with his admiring job.
Baseball etiquette says that you don’t try to bunt late in the game with a no hitter on the line.
I also love the hypocritical Tiger players. Their dugout was all smiles after Guillen’s stunt. They all had that “what’s with him” look on their face after a pissed off Weaver left the field. I guarantee, if Weaver was hurling a no no, and Hunter admired a home run late in the game the Angels were leading, they would be livid, and ready to fight. Instead of smiling, someone ought a shake some sense in to Guillen. Selfish teams, with selfish players, don’t always end up on top. We’ll see with Detroit.
As long as they have Verlander, Detroit can win anywhere. Not since I watched Nolan Ryan back in the 70′s & 80′s have I seen a performance as dominant. He was topping 100 mph throughout the 8th inning! That is unfair, and quite amazing.
No hitting an Angels team isn’t easy. This is team that rarely works counts, but does employ slap hitters with speed. It makes Verlander’s effort all that more impressive.
Weaver only gave up 4 hits, in almost 7 innings of work, while striking out 8. Two bad pitches did him in. One was a 2-run shot that Magglio Ordonez hit out in the 3rd inning. Unfortunately, Mags has always hit Weaver well. Maybe Ordonez can rub some of his class off on Guillen?
The Detroit announcers made reference to the fact that the winner of this game will probably be the front runner for the Cy Young. I guess Verlander has the advantage right now.
Funny thing, one extra base hit in the 8th or 9th, and the neither Verlander or Weaver would have gotten the win.
I should mention that the stole another base today, giving them 9 in the 4 games.
So Weaver’s 8 game winning streak is now kaput, but they still got a split in Detroit. A 6-4 record on this 10 game road trip wasn’t bad.
Angels begin a 6 game home stand against the Twins and Mariners, starting Tuesday. They only trail the wheeling-dealing Rangers by 2 games.
About the Author
Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.