Jun 17, 2013, 12:02 PM PDT
Welcome to what we’re calling ‘A case of the Mondays.’ Here you can catch up on the top five things you may have missed while you were doing more important stuff over the course of the weekend.
No. 1: Romo robbed?
The Giants won four of the nine games on their three-city road trip. The results could have been a little more appealing if it wasn’t for a questionable call in the ninth inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Braves in Atlanta.
Giants closer Sergio Romo walked in the game-tying run after he didn’t get the strike call he was looking for with B.J. Upton at the plate. Moments later, Freddie Freeman stroked a walk-off single.
Here are the events as described by our Giants Insider Andrew Baggarly:
Romo roared at plate umpire Jerry Meals when he didn’t get the 3-2 pitch to Upton. The impassioned closer walked almost to the dirt in front of the plate, saying “That’s a strike!” before catcher Guillermo Quiroz rushed to turn him back toward the mound. “Yeah, I mean, it really doesn’t matter what I think,” Romo told Baggarly. “The outcome of the game is already settled.”
Romo didn’t have to say much because his track record speaks for itself. According to our media partners at Yahoo! Sports, Romo walked two batters in a single inning for the first time in 176 appearances, which was the longest such streak in Major League Baseball.
So was it really a strike? According to PITCH f/x data from Brooks Baseball, it wasn’t. You make the call.
No. 2: More trouble afoot for Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson has been out since April 29, with a stress fracture in his right foot. The last time the A’s Opening Day starter was on the mound, he entered in the 13th inning of the longest game in Oakland A’s history and lasted 5 1/3 frames as he pitched through what was believed to be a sprained right ankle.
Later it was discovered that Anderson actually had a stress fracture in his foot. He was shut down for five weeks, and the team received more bad news on Saturday, when they found out he’ll need to be in a walking boot for another four weeks.
No. 3: Pipe Down: Sewage surges at the Oakland Coliseum
While Bartolo Colon was dealing on the mound en route to his sixth win-in-a-row, raw sewage was making a stink and pooling in the Oakland Coliseum clubhouses. There are too many obvious jokes here, so we’ll take the high road — because, well, sewage is below.
Ballplayers essentially have to shower with their co-workers after every day at the office. As if that isn’t awkward enough, the A’s also had to share the showers with their division rivals after the game on Sunday. Both teams were forced to use the Raiders locker room, which is up a flight of stairs from the clubhouses and was unaffected by the pipes backing up.
Luckily, the A’s start a seven-game road trip on Monday. Good thing they don’t need to wait for Bud Selig to form a committee to get a new carpet in the clubhouse.
No. 4: Game of Thrones
While the Heat and Spurs battle for the iron throne of the NBA, the Sacramento Kings are attempting to fight their way back to relevance. They took another step in that direction by hiring a new general manager over the weekend. The Kings have announced that they will introduce Nuggets executive Pete D’Alessandro as their G.M. on Monday.
The Kings of the north (Sacramento) have now defended their home, have a new owner, a new G.M., and a new head coach. By the way, the Spurs took a 3-2 series lead over the Heat.
No. 5: Octopus Pants… just because
Justin Rose defeated birthday boy Phil Mickelson by two strokes to win the U.S. Open on Sunday. He became the first Englishman to win the tournament in the last 43 years. The real winner, however, was Billy Horschel and his octopus pants.
Our friends at CSN Philly actually spent time speaking with Horschel about the pants (If you are in to that sort of thing).Believe it or not, you can get your own pair for just $99!
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