Sunday, April 27, 2008

tensions running high

For those of you unaware, there was a confrontation last night when Wainwright took one a little bit inside on Ausmus and the Astros believed it was retaliation for LaRue getting HBP in the previous inning. Both benches cleared and the umpires issued warnings to both managers.

Apparently, however, those warnings didn't carry over to today's game. 

Backe, the pitcher for the 'Stros, upset after giving up 4 runs, was giving Yadi some lip after the HP umpire called time while Backe was in the middle of his wind-up. 

Then the very next pitch nearly took off Yadi's head. Yadi was understandably upset and charged the mound, both benches cleared again, and somehow Backe was allowed to stay in the game. 

I thought for a second Yadi was going to rip his head off--and he should have. How do the umpires leave Backe in after that? You're just asking for trouble, if you ask me. (Nobody ever asks me.) 

But it all turned out fine. The Cardinals won, the Astros are headed to the desert to get their traseros handed to them on a plate, Rick can move on to something else, and...

...Glaus can get some sleep tonight. That's right, after going almost all the way to the end of April homerun-less, he blasted one 417 feet to dead center this afternoon. It was so good to see him finally break that streak. It's been a long time for both him and the team (thank you for reminding us, Rick). The relief was absolutely palpable.

I heard that Rolen also hit his first of the season today. Maybe there's some weird psychic/long ball connection between the two. At any rate, the elephant is gone and we can all breathe a little bit easier. How long 'til we play Houston again?