A Minor League Baseball Commentator Wasn't Happy With The Pitcher That Ruined A Batter's Hitting Streak After Throwing At Him
TheComeBack- Reds’ prospect Jose Siri, who plays for the Class-A Dayton Dragons, saw his Midwest League-record 39-game hit streak end in unusual fashion Friday against the Great Lakes Loons, with a pitch behind him, benches briefly clearing, an eventual walk on a pitch way outside, and the Dragons’ announcer (which appears to be Tom Nichols, in his tenth year of doing play-by-play for the team on Dayton’s CW) calling it “gutless” and casting aspersions on the whole Dodgers’ organization.
“And way behind him! He was trying to hit Siri there and end his hitting streak with a hit batsman! That should call for loud boos! That was a gutless move by Ryan Moseley, and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization! They have warned Moseley. That, for the Dodgers, does not speak highly of their coaching staff, led by Jeremy Rodriguez, their pitching coach, Connor McGuiness, or the man on the mound, Ryan Moseley. Fortunately, it didn’t hit Siri. You’d hate to see a hitting streak, not just for the player but for all the fans, end on a hit batsman. Look at that pitch, way behind him. That is just a lack of class and respect for the game.”
“That was rather ridiculous. To me, it’s a reflection on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization, and specifically their coaching staff.”
I think we can all agree that while a 39 game hitting streak in Single A is impressive, it's ultimately pretty goddamn meaningless in the grand scheme of sports. If it weren't than surely we would have heard about it before it reached it's conclusion. That's why it really makes you wonder why this Ryan Moseley character was so worried about being on the ass end of it's continuation that he turned an at-bat into a story that makes him look far worse than getting pegged as victim #40. Anyway you slice it, throwing at a guy twice before walking him with an unhittable pitch in the dirt when he's trying to make history and it doesn't even make sense to do so in the context of the game is a bit of a bitch move.
Unfortunately, it's not enough of a bitch move to warrant the all-out verbal assault that the longtime Dayton Dragons announcer laid on just about every person to ever be associated with the Los Angeles Dodgers. I can't believe I'm saying this about scenario where a lengthy hitting streak was intentionally ended prior to the benches clearing, but the venom spewed by the man on the microphone is the biggest story in all of this. You'd honestly think that the entirety of the Dodgers' organization ran train on his wife with the way he was defaming the character of multiple people that weren't even in attendance.
Man, talk about taking a glimpse into day-to-day life of a Minor League baseball commentator. Assuming he can't possibly be that upset about the breaking of one of baseball's illustriously unwritten rules, I think every plate appearance during that streak made Tom Nichols feel more alive. I legit believe that he was more invested in it than the person responsible for it. The birds outside his window in rural Ohio just chirped a little bit louder the mornings after Jose Siri had yet another hit. It might not seem like that big of a deal to us, but for a guy that's been announcing Dayton Dragons' games for the last decade, it was one the last things he way able to grasp tightly onto to keep himself from boredom-driven insanity. That's the only explanation I can think of for a rant that was one more modicum of anger away from getting him to charge the mound.