Even when Aubrey Huff does something right it goes wrong. A bottom of the ninth, game tying single from a struggling hitter would normally be pretty awesome, but in this case it just delayed the loss long enough for Posey to suffer a horrifying injury. These days even when Huff succeeds, it’s a disaster.
As of this morning, there’s still no word on precisely how bad Buster Posey’s injury is. It looked bad, though. Really bad. There’s really not a lot to do but hope that the kid’s career isn’t on the line here, and put off thinking about what it means to this year’s Giants team until later.
When the collision happened, a lot of us started seeing flashing red lights and hearing the Kill Bill soundtrack on our heads. We want to blame someone.
At times like these it’s best to have a chat with your inner this guy:
Jeff Goldblum, Professor of Chaosology: Look, this is all just part of the chaos of baseball. Remember last year when your young star third baseman couldn’t hit, and his replacement couldn’t throw? So your manager replaced both of them with a guy who hadn’t had a two week stretch where he was good and healthy in two years? That guy won the World Series MVP. Sometimes stuff like that happens, and then sometimes an improbable ninth inning comeback leads to a severe injury of a star player. That’s all just baseball chaos and no one is really responsible for it.
Does that do it for you? No? Still want to blame someone?
Possible Blame Receptacle #1: Scott Cousins. Never has a “Bay Area Ties” story gone so wrong. Anything else you’d like to do in your return to SF, Scott? Urinate on the Willie Mays statue? Start a meth lab in the MOMA lobby? Unironically pipe uncool music into Zeitgeist?
Enjoy your stay, ingrate.
Seriously, though, I’ve decided that I just don’t know what the difference between a clean and a dirty collision at home plate is. I always think of it as the difference between trying to avoid being out and trying to hurt the guy. Cousins didn’t try to blow up the knee or anything despicable like that. He just dived into homeplate/the catcher, like I’ve seen dozens of other guys do. I don’t think I personally hold him responsible, but other people are looking for their favorite torches and sharpening their pitchforks.
Possible Blame Receptacle #2: Bruce Bochy. Bochy’s reputation as a bullpen genius has taken a few hits over the past couple weeks. Last night’s failure martini was three parts something that every manager does (“can’t get the closer yet, not a save situation! Hrrrduhr!”) and one part something only Bruce Bochy would probably do (“Javier Lopez against a horde of good right handed hitters? I don’t see the problem.”). Either way I’m more than happy to blame Bochy for mismanaging the game, but the fact that Posey got hurt afterwards is coincidence and not truly blameworthy.
Blaming Bochy would also have to include Brian Sabean as an accomplice. The team has carried three left handed relievers most of the season, but only one of them can be counted on to actually get hitters out. Maybe if there’s another righty in the pen who isn’t the closer or who hasn’t thrown a bunch of pitches the previous night, then Lopez maybe doesn’t get left in to face a zillion right handed hitters in a one run game.
But again, that would be blaming people for something unpredictable. We’re above all that. Right?
Just as I was editing this: Amy G reports that Posey has a broken leg and torn ligaments. See Chris’s post for more.