Amid the confusion surrounding Justin Bour seemingly getting thrown out, he simply left the field
Everything seemed so normal at first. In the first inning of the Angels' Saturday afternoon game against the Cubs,
But, somehow, things went haywire in this normal-sounding sequence, resulting in a really strange play. (Don't be fooled by the language of the Cubs' tweet.)
Who's ready for a perfectly normal baseball game today? pic.twitter.com/zGX6ub7tz2— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 13, 2019
Despite the apparent tag on Bour, second-base umpire Marty Foster called him safe. The crowd howled and
Bour had already gotten up and walked away.
Did Bour miss Foster calling him safe? Did he just want to not deal with the whole replay charade because he knew he was out? Or was he just feeling honorable?
We're going to go with the latter. It sure seems like Bour was telling Báez that there was no need for a fuss. Additionally, if there's one thing you learn growing up, it's that admitting your mistake will result in far less of a penalty than being caught in a lie. Put another way:
Bour playing the long game. One day he will need this umpiring crew to trust him. https://t.co/4Rx5FZZ8yI— Neil Weinberg (@NeilWeinberg44) April 13, 2019
Way to be you, Justin. We respect you.
Andrew Mearns is a writer for Cut4 whose baseball obsession was born from the shattered dreams of Mike Mussina's perfect game attempt in 2001. He has a startling memory of World Series highlights that barely functions as a party trick.