Sweeney's teammates rally around him after his baserunning blunder Print
Written by Admin   
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 15:18
MLB Headline News

 LOS ANGELES (AP) -Mark Sweeney's mental gaffe on the basepaths Tuesday night resulted in more than just a game-ending double play for the fading Los Angeles Dodgers in their loss to the Houston Astros.
It also touched off a groundswell of support Wednesday from his new teammates - and a firestorm of acrimony directed at reporters.
Luis Gonzalez, one of the most pleasant and cooperative individuals in any big league clubhouse, got visably upset five lockers away while listening to the tone of the questions directed at Sweeney and vented his anger at Dodgers media relations director Josh Rawich before grumbling to one reporter, ``I don't feel like talking today.''
Across the narrow clubhouse sat Brett Tomko, the losing pitcher on Tuesday, who agreed with Gonzalez that the subject shouldn't have carried over to the following day.
The issue might have died right there, had Sweeney given his side of the story after the game. Instead, he left the clubhouse while the media was in manager Grady Little's office.
``I'm not one that beats a dead horse. I mean, I made a mistake and we go on,'' said Sweeney, whose 157 career pinch-hits are the second-most in history behind Lenny Harris. ``I feel bad about it for all these guys in the room. There's nothing I can do about it now. The only thing I can do is go out there and try to make up for it - somehow.''
Sweeney had just singled home a run while pinch-hitting for reliever Eric Hull in the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 7-4 loss when the Astros changed pitchers. First base coach Mariano Duncan went over to Sweeney to make sure he was aware of the number of outs.
Brad Lidge relieved Mack McLemore and struck out Rafael Furcal. Juan Pierre was the next hitter and he fouled out to catcher Brad Ausmus. After the catch, Ausmus saw first baseman Lance Berkman jumping up and down waving his arms frantically for the ball with Sweeney nearly at second base. Ausmus completed the bizarre double play, leading Sweeney red-faced in his fifth game in Dodger blue - all as a pinch-hitter.
``It was one of those embarrassing moments, obviously,'' Sweeney said. ``The timing of it wasn't very good either. But I don't think the timing can be very good in a situation like that. I made a bad play. There's no excuse. I thought there was one out the whole time. But when the ball was hit, I thought there were two outs. It's not Mariano's fault. It's my fault. It wasn't something you can be proud of.''
A similar incident happened to Duncan while he was playing for the Phillies in the seventh inning of a game against the Florida Marlins. He was on first base when the Phillies' pitcher popped up a bunt to the catcher in foul territory. Then Lenny Dykstra hit a flyball to center field and Duncan took off for second, thinking there were two outs.
``I don't think anybody in the ballpark or anybody on our team feels worse than he does,'' Duncan said of Sweeney. ``He's a veteran guy who's played the game for so long, and he feels very embarrassed.
``My job is to let the runner at first base knows how many outs there are - and he knew how many outs there were. But sometimes stuff like that happens, and this could happen to anybody. We're going through a really tough time right now, and it seems like everything we're doing in the field is wrong. Hopefully, that kind of mistake doesn't happen again.''
 

MLB Team Pages

Top MLB Public Bets

#1 927 Oakland Athletics 93%
#2 920 Detroit Tigers 90%
#3 902 Cincinnati Reds 82%
#4 923 New York Yankees 79%
#5 921 Toronto Blue Jays 78%
#6 909 St Louis Cardinals 74%
#7 914 San Francisco Giants 73%
#8 930 Tampa Bay Rays 72%
#9 912 Los Angeles Dodgers 71%
#10 905 Philadelphia Phillies 70%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

MLB Futures

MLB TEAM WORLD SERIES ODDS CURRENT
OAKLAND ATHLETICS 5/1
LOS ANGELES DODGERS 11/2
DETROIT TIGERS 11/2
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 9/1
LOS ANGELES ANGELS 9/1
WASHINGTON NATIONALS 10/1
ST LOUIS CARDINALS 12/1
BALTIMORE ORIOLES 16/1
MILWAUKEE BREWERS 16/1
NEW YORK YANKEES 18/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com