In honor the 25th anniversary of the movie Major League, I am attempting to chronicle the events of the movie from the perspective of a sports blogger.
The “Wild Thing” makes for an interesting day at the ballpark
Now THAT was interesting.
After years of playing bad baseball that was for the most part unremarkable, the Indians gave us something new yesterday: Bad baseball that was absolutely fascinating to behold.
There were errors. There was a basket catch. There were base running mistakes. And most of all, there was Rick Vaughn.
Vaughn, who has been (affectionately?) nicknamed “Wild Thing,” had perhaps the most memorable debut in team history. He threw 14 pitches. The first 12 missed the strike zone, and maybe only two of them could even be generously categorized as close.
Vaughn’s 13th pitch was sent deep into the seats by Clu Heywood. My guess is that Vaughn was trying to stay away from Heywood, and he was only able to throw a strike when he didn’t actually want to.
His 14th – and final – pitch was a fastball directly into the back of the next batter. Vaughn claimed he wasn’t trying to hit him, and I think I believe him. Based on what we saw yesterday, it’s difficult to believe that Vaughn is capable of hitting his intended target.
The umpire disagreed and decided that on this particular pitch Vaughn’s accuracy was true, and ejected him from the game.
Vaughn’s line: 0 IP, 14 pitches, 1 H, 4 R, 0 K, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 1 ejection. If there’s another pitcher who has posted an identical (or even similar) line in history – let alone his debut – please share it with me.
Here’s a video of the carnage:
After Vaughn departed, (He didn’t go quietly either, as he had to be restrained and pretty much pulled off the field. A suspension is likely forthcoming.) the game did deteriorate into a mundane affair. The Yankees seemed to lose interest and were content to coast through the remainder of the game.
But we shouldn’t be too concerned about that. There are still 161 more chances for excitement, and in that regard, the Indians do not appear likely to disappoint.