Last night (oh thank you Derrek Lee, thank you Ryan Adams and JJ Hardy and everybody else) was a fine little win, with a full-ish Yard, nearly reminiscent of something one might call “good old days,” if there were in fact such old, good days … were there? There might have been.
But Blog has a bone to pick with you, Os fans. Supposedly you’re among most knowledgeable fans in game and supposedly Baltimore, despite its long losing slump, is a “baseball town.”
So, Os fans, you really, REALLY should know better than to start “Wave” in bottom of sixth inning of 4-4 game with Nick Markakis and Adam Jones trying to make something happen.
With effective Reds’ reliever Sam LeCure pitching to Nick, about halfway through at-bat, Wave abomination started. With a 1-1 count, a clearly distracted Nick called timeout and backed out of batter’s box.
Nick then took a ball, then fouled off a pitch and, with a 2-2 count and Wave going full bore, you could clearly see him struggling to keep his focus.
Then, with count still 2-2, Nick is forced to foul off pitch whilst [drunken?] screaming Wave is proceeding around Yard DIRECTLY BEHIND HIM.
This is when Nick looked out to stands: Look on his face said it all:
Image via MASN
Then with some lady dancing night-club style behind him, further egging Wavers along, Nick struck out swinging.
Maybe he woulda struck out anyway.