Capps takes issue with Miggy and Cheo.
Until Pirates closer Matt Capps revealed exactly why he was barking at Miguel Tejada during the ninth inning Sunday, what sparked the exchange of words was anyone’s guess. And a lot of us guessed (wrong).
Some thought maybe Capps was yelling at Tejada to run out the ball after he launched a high pop fly that eventually landed in shortstop Ronny Cedeno’s glove. Tejada’s journey toward first was little more than a casual jog, so a few of us thought maybe Capps took issue with Miggy’s stroll down the line.
(As most of you know, I detest players not running hard down to first. I absolutely hate it. But I didn’t take issue with this one because I thought the infield fly rule was in effect. Turns out, it wasn’t. There was a runner on first, but not second, which meant no infield fly. Miggy thought the infield fly rule was in effect as well, as did others. Thankfully, Jim Deshaies sat next to me on the bus on the way to the airport and set me straight.)
Another philosophy floating around was that Capps took issue with Tejada yelling at himself when he popped up Capps’ 95 mph fastball. It wasn’t that Capps thought Miggy was yelling at him, but when a player yells at himself, it indicates he felt he should have made good contact with that particular pitch. Pitchers often take that as an insult.
That theory made the most sense to me. It was also incorrect.
Capps suspected Miggy and first base coach Jose Cruz of stealing signs, and the closer minced no words when approached by reporters after the game.
“Just compete,” Capps said. “You don’t need to do any of that stuff. Those two have a thing going out there. I’m set, and he’s not even looking at me. That tells me all I need to know.”
Miggy fired back when Chronicle reporter Zachary Levine got a hold of him after the game.
“I’ve never gotten signs,” Tejada said. “If he wants to disrespect me, that’s fine. He shouldn’t disrespect any coach.”
A couple of days ago we revealed who Lance Berkman stuck his tongue out at after his home run was upheld following an instant replay review by the umpires. Puma confirmed it was first baseman Adam LaRoche, who had been teasing his first-base counterpart during the waiting period, mouthing “It’s going to be a double” and holding up two fingers.
Astros team photographer Stephen O’Brien captured LaRoche’s antics (all in good fun), and I wanted to share that with you:
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