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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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We Always Knew You Had it in You, Jose Offerman

Drawing back memories of Juan Marichal and Johnny Roseboro, Jose Offerman had the ultimate meltdown on Tuesday. This was the pitcher/batter attack to end all attacks. Hands down.

The game between the Bridgeport Bluefish and Long Island Ducks was delayed in the top of the second inning Tuesday after Ducks shortstop and former major league All-Star Jose Offerman attacked Bluefish starting pitcher Matt Beech.

Both Beech and Bluefish catcher John Nathans were injured by Offerman, who was struck by a pitch and rushed the mound, swinging the bat at Beech. Offerman was later arrested.

Offerman, a former Bluefish, homered on the first pitch of the game by Beech. An inning later, Offerman was hit in the area of his left calf by an 0-and-1 pitch. He immediately charged the mound, wielding his bat in his right hand. Beech, who had his arms outstretched in an attempt to defend himself, was struck on the fingertips of his pitching hand as both benches immediately emptied.

I honestly would not be surprised to see O-for-4 Man get kicked out of the league. How could they possibly bring him back? Who does he think he is anyways? Freaking Happy Gilmore using his skate to try and kill someone? This has to give Delmon Young, Marichal, and Izzy Alcantara a run for their money. Matter of fact, this reminds me of a story I hit up quite some time ago. Only difference is this involved a professional player, not some ordinary chump.

You must also understand a little background here coming from someone who grew up in LA. O-for-4 Man is an eternal running joke around these parts. The guy couldn’t field a lick, went to Kansas City where he learned how to hit, and then we all laughed when the Red Sox opened up the cash register and gave him a longterm multi-million dollar deal. He became so bad in the field, they were forced to play him at first base. Offerman struggled through a few more years in the league, until he could no longer find a job in the Majors. And now he’s taking his frustrations out on some poor shmucks in the Atlantic League. It’s a sad, sad story.
(Image Courtesy Christian Abraham/Connecticut Post )