Red Sox Pitcher Steven Wright Sent A Bottle Of Liquor To Blue Jays First Baseman Chris Colabello After Beaning Him
SI- Toronto first baseman Chris Colabello showed up at his locker the morning after getting beaned by Steven Wright to find a present the Boston pitcher left for him.
''Steven decided that he was going to send over a gift,'' Colabello said, moving his clothes and uniform out of the way to show a large bottle of liquor underneath.
''He didn't have to,'' he said Monday as he was getting ready for the annual Patriots' Day game. ''I'm sure that's not cheap, too.''
On Sunday, Wright hit the infielder on the helmet with an 87 mph fastball, sending him to the ground. He sat on the ground for a while and was checked out by a trainer before getting up and trotting to first base.
'It's just more of a token of saying I'm sorry,'' Wright said. ''I didn't really want it to be a public thing because it was really between me and him.
''I know it's not a necessary thing. The gift was more for me than it was for him to kind of ease it for myself for what happened.''
Oh no. I don't like this at all. Nope, not even a little bit. For starters, you shouldn't be reimbursing your opponent for shit that just happens during professional sporting events. Sure, it sucks to take a wild pitch off the noggin, but that's we call an occupation hazard. Not all that bad considering baseball players get paid hand over fist to play a relatively non-contact sport. Baseball's hard. That's why you're forced to wear a helmet when they are being thrown at you.
More importantly, I hate this move because it sets a terrible precedent. A guy takes one measly, incidental 87 MPH knuckleball off the dome and he gets a bottle of booze that the recipient himself described as "not cheap"? What happens when a guy intentionally guns a 102 MPH heater at a guy's temple to back him off the plate? What's that worth? A fucking steak dinner, a Johnny Walker variety pack, and a reach-around? Get the fuck out of here. This is a hard and fast rule that shouldn't be up for debate. Don't give gifts when gifts aren't required. You either force other people that are put into a similar situation to get a corresponding gift, or you make them look like an asshole for not doing it. Baseball already has too many unwritten rules. I don't need them doing a goddamn Secret Santa in the middle of July whenever someone takes one up and inside. Especially since it was just done to easy his own mind. Hey Steven, maybe stop being so selfish, and think about all the pitchers that have no problem sleeping at night after they are responsible for inducing a batter with the beginning stages of CTE. The only thing they want to do less than shell out a bunch of money for a properly aged scotch is to become the guy that doesn't shell out a bunch of money for a properly aged scotch. Every think about that you hero? This is baseball. It's a man's game. That's why you don't get your opponents presents every time one of your mistakes causes them the smallest amount of grief like they are a high maintenance girlfriend that can't see through fraudulently apologetic gestures.