Richie Sexson: ‘Gutless .200-Hitting Joke’

Though the game featured two teams well below .500, the Thursday night matchup between Texas and Seattle had no shortage of entertainment. Felix Hernandez had already hit two Rangers in the game, including catcher Gerald Laird, so Richie Sexson came up to the plate in the 4th anticipating he would be thrown at. After shaking off Laird twice, Kason Gabbard finally semi-succumbed to Laird’s request by throwing high — not inside — on Sexson. An entertaining fight broke out, and to completely enjoy it, make sure your volume is turned up (a full transcription is after the jump in case you can’t listen). A complete replay of the incident begins at the 3:07 mark, also when analyst Tom Grieve just goes off on Sexson:

UPDATE: Video has been removed, read the transcription below

I get where the Mariners and Sexson are coming from. The team’s struggling, they’re losing 3 of 4 to the Rangers, might as well try and get something going. And I also loved Milton Bradley of all people holding Gerald Laird back. How many people caught that? But the absolute best part was what Rangers TV analyst Tom Grieve said about the incident. He just hammered Sexson:

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Richie Sexson: Feast or Famine

Watching the Mariners play the Tigers yesterday, it became pretty clear to me. Not unlike the Rob Deers and Cecil Fielders before him, Richie Sexson is the ultimate feast or famine batter in today’s game. Check it out — Sexy went 1 for 4, with a 3-run bomb, raising his batting average to .152. Here’s the breakdown this year for The Big Sexy

  • 15 hits in 99 at-bats
  • 5 Home Runs
  • 7 Doubles
  • 3 Singles

Are you kidding me? How can a big league first baseman take 100 at-bats and only get 3 singles? I just really don’t know what to make of this — is it good that he only hits for power, or bad that he can’t do anything other than go deep? I’m sure The Big Sexy will finish the year around .250, so I’m not too worried, but I couldn’t help but put up those stats while they existed, because I don’t believe it gets any more extreme than that.