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Ragball and mock rage on the half field

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on March 29, 2010 at 11:08 am with No Comments »
March 30, 2010 5:09 pm
Chris Woodward low fives after home run

Milton Bradly managed one team and wound up throwing first base. Chone Figgins managed the other team and engineered a late trade – catcher Adam Moore for 7-year-old Teven Griffey.

Ichiro Suzuki swung right-handed. Casey Kotchman played shortstop, Mike Sweeney left field and at one point Eric Byrnes stormed off the field calling the proceedings ‘a mockery of the game!’

Well, no kidding.

The Mariners staged an odd ragball game on the half field in Peoria, with rules that included running from home plate to third base—not first—after a hit, batting from the opposite side and bribing umpire Josh Bard.

That last part was key: Bard ruled a Franklin Gutierrez home run did not count because Gutierrez hadn’t stepped on home plate – after he clearly had. And, with Bradley’s team ahead, 7-2, in the final inning, Sweeney hit a solo home run – then called in five pinch-runners and circled the bases for a six-run home run.

Bard considered Bradley’s protest and ruled it a three-run home run.

“We can live with that,” Ken Griffey Jr. said.

The purpose was to let the position players have a bit of fun as camp draws to a conclusion,  perhaps even uniting them a bit more on the field. Laughter was the tone of the day.

Ichiro homers right-handed

Bradley, playing his reputation to the hilt, had a mock rage in which he kicked dirt on umpire Bard, then threw first base. 

If you’re scoring at home, Chris Woodward, Josh and Jack Wilson, Sweeney, Byrnes and Ichiro all homered – and Gutierrez hit one out but had it nullifed.

Afterward, Byrnes briefly talked to two writers ‘covering’ the contest.

“This game was rigged,” he said.

Well, no kidding.

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