As a sports-watching professional, I've been exposed to a lot of baseball lately. Some of it has been good, some of it has been bad, and some has been so bad it's good. Well, earlier today, I encountered the latter.
OAK @ TEX:
Oakland is up 1-0 and they have the bases loaded in the Top of the 6th with no outs. Former Mariner Eddie Guardado is summoned from the bullpen to clean this mess up. He proceeds to walk in a run on 4 straight pitches, which gets him pulled by manager Ron Washington. As he's leaving the mound he starts an animated argument with the ump, who promptly tosses him. Guardado then maniacally waves his cap over his head in some sort of pseudo-curtain-call.
After they went to the commercial break, I thought about what had just happened and started cracking up. Guardado walked in a run on 4 pitches and then got tossed after he'd already been taken out of the game. That has to be one of the worst pitching appearances of all time. When you throw in the hat-waving I'm not sure there's an argument.
So now, in honor of Guardado I will be be making a weekly (or bi-weekly, or semi-weekly, or whenever something terrible happens) post about the worst/best thing I saw in the many hours I spent watching baseball.
I've kicked around a few potential titles for these posts. They are:
-The Guardado Award
-Rough on the Diamond
-The Steve Bal-Boner Play of the Week
-Man ... You Are One Pathetic Loser
Let me know what you think of these titles, or if you have any suggestions of your own.