"Let us go forth a while, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our closed rooms...
The game of ball is glorious."

--Walt Whitman

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Introducing: The Goat

I've complained here and there about various performances (notably Lohse's last night), but for the first time this season there has been a lousy outing of such epic proportions I feel compelled to whip out TBL's most dubious honor: the Goat Award. (TBL's least dubious honor, by the way, is the Hero Award, and is still awaiting its first appearance of the season.)

The Goat Award goes to a player who doesn't just have an off night, but hacks up such a spectacularly bad performance that he appears to be actively working against his own team, and indeed against the very laws of nature, physics and probability. Any player "winning" the Goat Award five times in a single season will be crowned Emperor Crappius Maximus and forever enshrined in the Hall of Shame.

And the first 2005 Goat Award goes to the player who:

  • bobbled a routine grounder in the first, allowing a baserunner who promptly scored an unearned run
  • came up to bat in the second with runners on first and second, two outs, and grounded out to end the inning
  • failed to apply a tag in the third; that runner later scored the only run of the inning for the Whine Sox
  • came up to bat in the sixth with bases loaded, one out, and hit into a double play to end the inning
  • in sum, let in two runs for the Whine Sox, stranded four Twins runners, and erased another

    Michael Cuddyer, you are the Goat.
  • 6 rejoinders:

    publius sounded off...

    I miss Corey.

    Third Base Line sounded off...

    You and me both, Publius. You and me both.

    TwinsJunkie sounded off...

    Be patient, it's his first year as a starter. He will come around.

    Fourth pew, center sounded off...

    As the buzzards say in the cartoon: "Patient, my ass ... I want to kill something!"

    frightwig sounded off...

    I think his fielding generally has been very good this past week; nice range and he's shown off a rocket of an arm. Now if he can just get that bat heated up this week....

    Third Base Line sounded off...

    Just so everyone's clear on this--if it had been Torii, not Cuddyer, who had that horrible night, Torii would have been the Goat. It's not about a player's usual performance, it's about a single, spectacularly crappy game! :D