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Colby Lewis takes unwritten rules to next level with possibly dumbest complaint ever

Colby Lewis has seriously taken the unwritten rules of baseball to a level you probably didn’t realize they could go.

Be warned: you may struggle to comprehend his complaint.

Lewis’ Texas Rangers were down 2-0 to the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday when Toronto outfielder Colby Rasmus bunted for a hit with two outs in the fifth inning. The Rangers were playing Rasmus to pull and had the shift on, so Rasmus decided to beat it with a bunt towards the third base side of the field. He executed the bunt perfectly and got aboard with a hit. The Rangers gave him half an empty field and he took advantage. Fair and square.

Not according to Lewis.

Lewis immediately began barking at Rasmus, suggesting he felt the outfielder took the easy way out by dropping down a bunt.

Colby Lewis

“Swing the bat,” Lewis could be seen mouthing to Rasmus.

Lewis explained his complaint to reporters after the game. Don’t even bother trying to figure out what Lewis meant.

“I told [Rasmus] I didn’t appreciate it,” Lewis said to reporters via MLB.com. “You’re up by two runs with two outs and you lay down a bunt. I don’t think that’s the way the game should be played.

“I felt like you have a situation where there is two outs, you’re up two runs, you have gotten a hit earlier in the game off me, we are playing the shift, and he laid down a bunt basically simply for average.

“[Rasmus] didn’t steal within the first two pitches to put himself in scoring position,” Lewis said. “That tells me he is solely looking out for himself, and looking out for batting average. And I didn’t appreciate it.”

I mean how unbelievably dumb is that? Is he suggesting that a player is violating the unwritten rules by trying to get on base and get a hit with a two-run lead in the 5th inning of a game? I guess two runs is too much for the Rangers these days. Is he suggesting that bunting is cheating or taking the easy way out? Don’t give him the shift next time. Or, better yet, don’t fall off the mound towards the first base side, Colby, and then you might be able to get someone out.

And it’s somehow a bad thing that Rasmus was playing to get a hit? That means he’s just trying to pad his stats?

Not one thing Lewis said made sense. The guy was obviously just frustrated about being beaten. That’s how players react when they’re frustrated. They just start talking nonsense. That’s all Lewis was spewing. Nonsense.

Colby Lewis disappointed with Ian Kinsler for waving after home run (Video)

Colby Lewis expressed disappointment with former teammate Ian Kinsler after the Detroit Tigers second baseman took him deep and then waved at the Texas Rangers bench in the first inning of Tuesday’s game.
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Kinsler returned to Globe Life Park in Arlington for the first time since being traded to Detroit over the offseason. He was the second batter of the game and took Lewis deep to left field to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Kinsler was so thrilled about hitting a home run that he gave a little wave to the Rangers dugout as he was heading to first.

Unsurprisingly, Lewis didn’t like that.

“It’s unfortunate, I feel like it’s unfortunate but that’s just me,” Lewis said after the game via ESPN Dallas. “I’m not going to sit here and bad-mouth Kins, I really enjoyed Kins and I enjoyed my time playing with him and I enjoyed him as a teammate; disappointed, that’s the word. That’s all. I love Kins, that’s all. I was just disappointed a little bit, that’s all.”

If the Rangers as a whole were upset with Kinsler, they had a right to be. Not only did he show them up by waving after the home run, but Kinsler is persona non grata in Texas after ripping the Rangers following the trade, saying he hoped they would go 0-162.

After the game, Kinsler defended himself.

“It was nothing personal at all, I was having a good time. It was my return home and to get lucky enough to … have it go over the fence it was a good feeling and I was just having fun. I was just having fun. I wasn’t thinking, I was just enjoying the moment and that’s what happened.”

What qualifies for Kinsler as “having fun” comes across as obvious disrespect to the Rangers. I would be pretty disappointed with Kinsler for doing that if I were the Rangers as well, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they dosed him for it.

Colby Lewis Misses Start for Birth of Child, Richie Whitt is Outraged

Here’s my take on players missing games for the birth of their children: if it’s early enough in the season where people are insisting there is no need to panic about the Red Sox 5-11 start, you’re excused. Apparently that is an opinion that Richie Whitt of the Dallas Observer and I differ greatly on.

Hardball Talk called our attention to a piece Whitt wrote on Monday in which he blasted Colby Lewis for missing his last start to be home with his wife, who was giving birth to their daughter. Here’s what he had to say about last year’s ALCS Game 6 hero.

Follow me this way to some confusion. Imagine if Jason Witten missed a game to attend the birth of a child. It’s just, I dunno, weird. Wrong even. Departures? Totally get it because at a funeral you’re saying goodbye to someone for the last time. But an arrival is merely saying hello to someone you’ll see the rest of your life … Baseball players are paid millions to play baseball. If that means “scheduling” births so they occur in the off-season, then so be it. Of the 365 days in a year, starting pitchers “work” maybe 40 of them, counting spring training and playoffs.

If it was a first child, maybe. But a second child causing a player to miss a game? Ludicrous.”

If Whitt’s goal was to make the entire universe think he’s a heartless d-bag, he couldn’t have come up with a better game plan.  Lewis didn’t fake an injury or miss his start with a hangnail.  How you could even call someone out about this less than 15 games into the season is beyond me.  Yes, baseball players get a ton of money.  That doesn’t mean they have to be emotionless robots.

Colby Lewis Delivered in Game 6 for Texas

Who could have figured that a man who spent the past two seasons pitching in Japan could turn out to be such an impact player for the Texas Rangers this year? If Jon Daniels and the rest of the team’s front office says so, I wouldn’t believe them. 31-year-old Colby Lewis who only had 34 career starts entering the year turned out to be an anchor on the Rangers’ pitching staff and especially clutch in the post-season.

Lewis went eight innings of three-hit one-run ball to beat the Yankees in Game 6 of the ALCS, sending the Rangers to their first World Series. He walked three and struck out seven and seemed to get out of trouble any time there was a threat. When the Yankees scored their first run in the 5th (on a b.s. call), Lewis stranded Jorge Posada on second with two outs following Posada’s double. When Lance Berkman tripled in the 7th with two outs, Lewis induced a flyout to end the inning. Even when Lewis had passed the 100-pitch threshold, he managed to strike out Derek Jeter in the 8th — the last batter he faced.

Colby Lewis beat the Yankees twice in the ALCS — once in Game 2 and on Friday night in Game 6. Each outing he threw 102 pitches, but the difference was he went eight innings in Game 6. Lewis gave the bullpen a break and made it possible for the team to open up the World Series with the unconquerable Cliff Lee on the mound in Game 1 by coming up with the big start.

Phil Hughes turned out to be an exposed weakness for the Yankees, but who could have ever expected Colby Lewis would be such a strength for Texas? The man now has a 1.45 ERA in three postseason starts. He sure has been impressive and will make the Rangers more insurmountable if he keeps it up in the World Series.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez