Al Alburquerque kiss angers A’s

Tigers relief pitcher Al Alburquerque angered some Oakland A’s by kissing the baseball after inducing a ground out during Game 2 of the ALDS on Sunday.

Alburquerque relieved Phil Coke in the 9th and got A’s slugger Yoenis Cespedes to ground out with men on first and third to end the inning. After the ball was hit back to him, he took a few steps toward first before kissing the ball. He then gave an underhand toss to first baseman Prince Fielder for the inning-ending out.

Some A’s apparently viewed Alburquerque’s actions as disrespectful.

“It did get under my skin,” outfielder Josh Reddick said, according to Casey Pratt. “We didn’t appreciate that. I thought it was immature and not very professional. You don’t do that on the field. Save it for the dugout.”

“He must not believe in baseball gods. Baseball gods take care of that stuff,” said A’s DH Jonny Gomes, per Bob Nightengale.

Alburquerque said after the game that it was just a spur-of-the moment reaction.

“It’s the emotions of the game,” he said, via MLive.com. “You win, you feel happy. If you do something good, you feel happy, too. Everybody’s got different emotions. It’s part of the emotions for me.”

Fielder didn’t mind the kiss at all, and in fact called it “the coolest thing” he’d ever seen.

The Tigers scored in the bottom half of the inning on a Don Kelly RBI sac fly to win the game 5-4, making Alburquerque the winning pitcher.

Though he had reason to be pumped after getting a big out in the inning, it’s hard to view Alburquerque’s actions as anything other than disrespectful. It would be one thing if simply kissed the ball as if to say “thank you” to it, but he was staring at the A’s dugout when he did it, as if he were trying to stick it to him. He may have gotten the last word on Sunday, but like Gomes says, the baseball gods usually correct these sorts of disrespectful acts.

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  • SpinMax

    Did they write down another unwritten rule in baseball? I hope they didn’t celebrate too much after winning, that’s such a huge insult.

  • JamesT32

    I can only hope by “baseball gods” that you and Gomes are actually referring to something tangible and statistically substantive as opposed to simply what you WISH to occur.  To each his own, but anytime you start actively looking for deities of any kind to solve your problems or even your scores you’re basically grasping at straws.  As the great Oscar Wilde famously wrote, “When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.”  The 2012 A’s have already spun an amazing and unlikely tale, but it appears the book’s final chapter is nearing completion.  We shall see.

  • gb752

    Josh Reddick knows a lot about acting “immature and not very profesional” but as long as when you throw your tantrum, you “save it for the dugout” then it is okay.

    And by the way, I believe there is only one God, and he could not care less about a baseball game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamison.demech Jamison Demech

    A kiss is just a kiss, but a WHINING Oakland Professional baseball team is the lessor of a Little League team losing a game holding their heads up high. Now I know the Detroit Tigers will walk away winners because any innocent incidence, act/ jesture or a rain cloud will throw off Oaklands train of thought playing a do or die game.  I  anticipate some sort of fight on the field between the players & fans at Oakland. Maybe Al Alburquerque should of made love to  the baseball or rubbed it against his groin. May the Sweet Bird of Paradise drop a load on a Oakland player & they can play the game under protest because there are signs from  the Gods up above fixing the game for the Tigers to win. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamison.demech Jamison Demech

    New rule, no kissing anyone or anything during a ball game. You can’t cheat by blowing a kiss either. So here is to you Oakland A$$es, KISS-OFF