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M’s win! Yuni’s peeved! May 28, 2008

Posted by Brad in news.
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From Larry Stone’s story on the Mariners’ dramatic 4-3 win over the Red Sox last night on a game-winning single by Jose Lopez:

Lopez survived the backslapping scrum that surrounded him, with Adrian Beltre, Yuniesky Betancourt (who had been visibly upset a few moments earlier when lifted for a pinch-hitter) and Felix Hernandez leading the pack that sprinted out to greet Lopez.

On The Seattle Times blog, Stone said Yuni led the pack to greet Lopez, but changed his tune for print.  And how’d that pinch-hitter do?

Jeremy Reed, the pinch-hitter for Betancourt, got Balentien to third with a ground out.

A productive out?  Yuni can give those; that’s one of the few ways in which he’s productive!

I think it’s good that Yuni was mad.  His job is to hit a baseball, and he should take some pride in his work, thus get upset when snubbed.  It would be worse if he was all smiles at receiving a reprieve from playing.  Plus, he turned around and got in a scrum with Lopez at the end of the game. (The ideal way to  celebrate baseball victories is by playing rugby, of course).

What Yuni should also be pissed about is his error in the 6th that let Boston tie the game up.  Edgar for Mayor summed up the inning well in a comment at USSMariner:

I can’t believe I am about to say this, but tonight you may not blame Mac for the loss. The Innings was Yuni’s fault for giving Batista an extra out to work with. Not Macs fault, Yuni’s fault.

But, for once in a week, the M’s didn’t lose, so no one needs to blame Yuni for a near-GaLE last night.  Phew.

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