Within the backside of the eighth towards the Mariners on Friday, Angels first baseman Justin Bour popped a ball up over the infield on the identical pitch that his teammate, Brian Goodwin, had tried to steal second. Bour assumed that the pop-up would lead to a simple out and began strolling to the dugout straight from the batter’s field earlier than the ball had even fallen into the glove of an opposing participant. As a result of Goodwin had additionally assumed the play would lead to a routine fly-out, he returned to first base. Mariners’ infielder Dee Gordon seen this and shouted at Ryon Healy to let the ball drop in order that they might flip the double-play. The nonchalance with which they pulled it off was each hilarious and humiliating, and, worst of all, it ended the inning.
Bour took full accountability for his mistake after the sport—not that he actually had a lot of a selection—and instructed reporters, “Truthfully there’s actually no excuse for it. It’s embarrassing. That’s one thing you’re taught from the day you begin taking part in baseball. There’s no excuse for it. That may by no means occur once more.”
Supervisor Brad Ausmus was even fairly understanding of what had occurred. Positive, he wasn’t completely satisfied, however he expressed confidence in Bour to know that what he did was silly, in keeping with the OC Register.
Supervisor Brad Ausmus mentioned he hadn’t spoken to Bour in regards to the play, and didn’t suppose he wanted to.
“That’s the kind of factor you don’t even have to elucidate,” Ausmus mentioned. “It’ll by no means occur once more in his profession. It was simply an excessive psychological error that when it occurs, it by no means happens (once more).”
Ausmus added: “You be taught that one early on in Little League.”
There’s clearly not a lot a supervisor is normally keen to say to the media with regards to a participant going braindead in these conditions, however Ausmus’s response nonetheless felt somewhat subdued provided that this was Bour’s second notably boneheaded transfer in every week. Simply final Saturday, the Angel made his manner right into a Cubs spotlight reel when, after being known as secure at second, he began strolling to the dugout as a result of he felt he obtained tagged earlier than sliding in. He was formally declared out when he was tagged on his stroll again. Replays would later present that Bour most likely would have most likely been known as out after a re-examination, however from a aggressive standpoint it’s by no means nice to only give an opponent a free out.
However Bour’s head-scratching choice regarded worse on Friday than it did towards the Cubs. The pop-up got here late towards a division rival in a recreation his crew would finally lose—the Angels beat the Cubs 6-5—and it occurred shortly after Mike Trout had completely crushed one into middle area and flipped his bat to have fun tying the sport up at 3-3.
If this season finally ends up as disappointing as the previous couple of have been for the Angels, then this play will function a wonderful metaphor of the current historical past of this franchise—with Trout doing the whole lot he can to assist his crew win, and his teammates doing the whole lot they’ll to screw it up.