ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)—A fan seated behind the first-base dugout was injured by part of a broken bat in the sixth inning of the New York Yankees’ game at Tampa Bay on Friday night. The barrel of the bat of the Yankees’ Robinson Cano went into stands on his single. Stadium medical personal treated the fan in the seating area and put a brace on his neck, then used a back board to take the fan for treatment.
“I guess my grandkids will have something to talk about.”—Matt Garza, talking with MLB Network after they ask him after 100 years, when people look up in the record books and they see the name Matt Garza as being the first Rays no-hitter. My team is so humble, it almost kills me. Yanks, learn a lesson!
I have been to 20+ games thus far this year, but I missed tonight’s game because I was working. Would I have missed work tonight had I known what was going to happen? Hell.. yes.
I have been at the game the flip-side of the no-hitter, with Jackson, but tonight has made me happy and very proud. I was wondering when this phenomenal event would happen and I plan on collecting 8+ papers tomorrow, with the intent to frame one of them.
While it sucks to miss a no-hitter in your own town by your favourite team, I am solaced by the fact that I work at a newspaper that covers the Rays thoroughly via hometown pride, and I get it all for free! If one calls in for an extra paper to be mailed to their house, it’s $7. Flash back: World Series 2008. We have so many people call in to order a paper that cost that much, maybe more, and I had access to it all free. Somehow, this makes up for my miss tonight.
Tonight, I cannot be disappointed. I will wake up with a smile across my face. Thanks, Garza.
“Ladies and gentleman, that’s precisely the reason why one should always wear a cup.”—Brian Anderson, after Crawford’s injury. In the same article: “By the way, is anyone else shocked by the fact that a major-league baseball player such as Crawford was playing without a cup? Oh, by the way, nice catch by Orioles’ first baseman Ty Wigginton. Way to move your feet and stretch out there, big fella.” My thoughts, exactly.
“I’ve always been amazed that everybody doesn’t. When I coached third base, I used to wear a cup. … I don’t think it should be required like a helmet, in a sense, but I just think for the potential father in you, you should wear one.”—Joe Maddon, on wearing a cup after Crawford’s little… incident, we’ll call it. A contusion there is not a fun contusion.