Let’s just dive right into this one. This happened last night in the top of the seventh inning:
Escobar had to leave the game, with at the time, what appeared to be a serious injury.
After the game, Lawrie said, via Twitter and postgame interview, “Hope everyone knows I am playing the game hard. I am never trying to hurt anyone in any situation. I’m playing for my teammates…It wasn’t like over extended myself to go get him. He was right on top of the bag. That’s just baseball, right there.”
He may not have been trying to hurt him, but he certainly didn’t have intentions of NOT hurting him and there’s nothing that will convince me it wasn’t a dirty play. He clearly wasn’t sliding into the bag, and had he, he would have been easily safe (After the replay views, I think he was actually safe, anyway). Instead, his lead league took out Escobar, spikes high, too, and his back leg that was underneath him got to the bag. But, why? It wasn’t a double-play ball, not even close – not after the ball deflects off Herrera.
A couple of things, Escobar was in an awkward spot on top of the bag and Omar Infante probably should have take the throw. Lawrie appeared to put his hand on Escobar after the incident to try and check on him, BUT, Moose was over there, jawing. The slide was also late (but the throw was late, too).
Escobar says he hasn’t heard from Lawrie at all. He say’s he doesn’t know why, because he would have. He also said he considered it a dirty play because it was a force play, not a double play.
“That’s not a double play situation,” Escobar told reporters. “He could have slid more easily in that situation. To me, that’s a dirty slide.”
A’s beat reporter Susan Slusser, Lawrie gave a “heartfelt” (seems rather objective) text to Escobar. Here’s what she said he said:
“He messaged me back and didn’t really seem to care about my apology to him,” Lawrie said.
Escobar, Slusser claims, texted back, “That’s stupid, you did it on purpose (in Spanish).”
I think most people that aren’t A’s fans would agree it was stupid. Any sane person, really.
Crazy part? Escobar said Lawrie’s text apology didn’t happen.
He told Royals PR man Mike Swanson that he did not receive a text, of any kind, from Lawrie. And, if he received a text in English, he responds in English.
So, who do you believe?
I do know that Lawrie has a reputation as a “hard player.” This was beyond that. And this entire Apologate is a complete shit show fiasco. A classic tale of he said, she said. A fiasco. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out the field. But, Lawrie should wear one on his hip, or in the middle of his back, sometime this weekend. Or this:
Escobar, who said he initially thought he broke his leg, wasn’t ruled out from playing until about an hour ago. According to reports, he wasn’t limping and tested the knee, but the decision was made that it wasn’t in the best interest of anyone that he plays. How tough is this dude? And amazingly, he avoided injury. Omar Infante, who put his hands on his head after the play, said, according to Esky,“Why you slide like that?” That a question we all want to know.
“We dodged a bullet there,” Royals trainer Nick Kenney told Yost before he took the post postgame podium.
Ned went on to say after the game that he didn’t think it was dirty, just a hard slide. Yost is probably just playing coy to setup a drill job…making it seem more “accidental” even though everyone and their sister will know its intentional.
As “just in case” protection, infielder Orlando Calixte was called up from Omaha and will be here in time for the game. He shouldn’t be here long. It’s his first time being in the show. Even if he doesn’t get into a game, he’ll get a pro-rated $507,000 league minimum salary for the rest of the season. Same goes for outfielder Reymond Fuentes, who was here just one game, before the demotion to make room for Calixte. Fuentes replaced Terrance Gore, who was on the roster for just two games after the Alex Rios injury.
In Escobar’s absence, Christian Colon will man shortstop tonight and the man who only hits triples, Paulo Orlando, will hit leadoff.
Escobar is available to play tonight, if needed.
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