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Whining about a bunt?

April 19, 2014 - Mike Mathison
I admittedly am not a huge baseball guy.

Like the game. Not in a hurry to go watch a professional one. Like watching the local high school kids get after it.

But, being a sports enthusiast, I follow the game and understand it ... even the unwritten rules part of it.

In fact, I remember forever ago when a high school player back in my part of El Cajon was riding a long hitting streak and came to bat late in a one-sided game (his team leading) and was oh-fer. He laid down a bunt to extend his hitting streak and the coach of the losing team told the coach of the winning team later in the all-league meeting that he would never vote for the kid because of what he pulled.

He violated an unwritten rule.

Apparently, so did Oakland's Jed Lowrie did such a thing.

With his team leading 7-0 in the first inning at Houston and his turn to bat again in the inning, he laid down a bunt with the Astros in a defensive shift.

It appeared to irk Houston manager Bo Porter because the next time Lowrie was at the plate, he apparently was brushed off the plate by the Astros pitcher. Porter late came out of the dugout to bark at Lowrie.

And, fyi, the bunt was right at the pitcher and he was thrown out at first.

So, the big deal was?


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