There has been a lot of hub-bub over the spat between Brian Anderson and Dewayne Staats last Saturday night. When we heard this live, we didn’t think much of it. But with the columns in the local papers, and the bro-hug two nights ago, we thought we should go back and give it a second listen.
And we still aren’t sure what the big deal is. Was it a little animated? Sure. But these guys will work more than 150 games together this season. If they didn’t have an occasional lovers quarrel, we would be worried.
Let’s set the stage: It is the fifth inning in Kansas City, and BJ Upton is up after back-to-back doubles by Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria have tied the game 2-2. The count is 3-2 and BJ takes a pitch that is wayyyy outside. Here is the plot that shows it is about four inches off the plate.
Honestly, this is one of the worst called strikes we have seen in a plot and BJ had about three that night.
So he was pissed. But BJ also
has a reputation with umpires for complaining. And they clearly don’t appreciate it.
Here is the conversation that followed between BA and Staats (click the arrow). Oh, and we apologize, the first 20 seconds are really loud. But it settles down after that…
It is certainly heated. And the occasional laughs sound forced to try and hide the anger. And maybe the most telling part is that two more outs occur during the conversation and they never discuss what is going on in the game. Keep in mind, it is a 2-2 game at this point and plays are happening without any commentary.
Still, not the worst disagreement we have ever heard. And hardly one that anybody should make too big a deal out of. But considering the normally good-natured personalities of both gentlemen, it was unusual to hear.