Busted Coverage- One of the best parts about baseball is watching pissed off players slam stuff in the dugout. Phones, coolers, helmets, etc. — you name it, I want to see someone destroy it. (Ideally that someone being David Ortiz.)
Padres outfielder Justin Upton attempted to fulfill those wishes Saturday night after getting picked off by John Axford to end the eighth inning. Considering the Rockies led by just one run, it was a pretty big gaff by Upton, so upon returning to the dugout he flung his helmet… right at Yonder Alonso’s head.
Yeah, I guess I have to feel bad for the guy that was just standing there minding his own business when he got blindsided by the friendly fire of his teammates helmet. That kind of goes without saying. However, you know who the underrated victim is here? Justin Upton. We have all been there. We have all been in a situation where we were irrationally mad and did something we would probably regret later. The difference is that when we threw our TV remote across the room or punched a hole in the wall when our team blew a big game we were able to get that minute or two of genuine satisfaction before we had to feel overcome with regret. That helmet was still on Upton's finger tips and he was already feeling remorse. He didn't even get to enjoy the release of his own anger. As primitive and animalistic as it seems, sometimes the only thing that can make you feel better is hitting something. That moment that Upton should have been able to spend freeing his body of pent up aggression he was too busy checking on the well being of his own teammate. That in itself is quite the injustice.
Yeah, I know. That injustice was caused by his own terrible throw. The only thing he can blame other than himself is his own lack of sufficient motor skills while enraged. However, that's a scenario that most people are familiar with as well. You know when people say hockey players are gripping the stick to tight when they are going through a scoring slump? How about when they say that a football player is trying to hard to score a touchdown every time he touches the ball instead of taking a 3-4 yard gain? Justin Upton wanted so bad to throw that helmet through the dugout that he overcompensated and held on to it a split second too long. Some would say he wanted it TOO bad. It's like when you played kickball when you were younger and tried to peg the guy running home. Whenever you were in a rush and tried to throw the ball harder than you were capable of it would generally end up being wildly inaccurate. It doesn't make it right when that wild inaccuracy ends up causing your teammate to leave the game early to get tested for a concussion, but that doesn't make it any less relatable. You can sit here and call Justin Upton a moron as long as you admit there was an instance where you were just as moronic. Fortunately for you it didn't end up in an emotional swing that would make a pregnant women blush.