Duck everyone! It’s Frisbee Wednesday again, hosted by the high priestess of the photo story prompt Marilyn. I’ll make this entry as brief as possible, but if you’re not into baseball, this post will probably bore you to tears… not that I’ve ever been in a situation where I was so bored I actually started crying. Since about 99.9% of the pictures I’ve ever taken are either of squirrels (Which of course, I reserve for Saturdays) or at baseball games, I’ve pretty much gotta play the hand I dealt myself. So here goes the most stunningly unexciting photo to ever be pontificated on…
One of the things about interleague play in Major League Baseball that makes me almost excitedly giddy is when one of those stodgy old National League teams has to play baseball by American League rules and insert a designated hitter into their lineup… and I am a big fan of the position NL fans love to hate. Here we have the Cincinnati Reds, literally the oldest team in the NL having been founded just four years after the Civil War ended, playing the first of a two game series in Kansas City back in May, of which I attended both games. Apparently, Reds manager Bryan Price doesn’t quite get the gist of what the DH is all about, however, since the player he chose for this position of sluggers, Devin Mesoraco, was batting a robust .154 on the season at the time… or about what many pitchers would hit anyway.
Mesoraco’s story this year is actually somewhat worthy of a story prompt in its own right, though. After breaking out with a 25 homer season in 2014, the Reds’ starting catcher got out of the gate on the wrong foot and suffered a hip impingement during the second series of the season in early April. While most million dollar players go on the DL for splinters, in a somewhat baffling decision, the Reds kept him on the active roster since he could still bat, just not play in the field. Devin did nothing but pinch hit for the rest of April, and with eight AL-rules games on the schedule for May, he effectively became a designated hitter for a National League team. But between the hip issues and the lack of consistent at bats, Mesoraco wasn’t doing much with his turns as a professional hitter… thus the horrific batting average immortalized in my photo on May 19th.
And wouldn’t you know it, he went 2 for 2 in that game with a walk!
But those two games I saw in Kansas City were the end of the line for our favorite NLDH. Mesoraco was finally put on the disabled list after that series and hasn’t played in a game since.
OK, I’ll leave you with a tidbit about Devin Mesoraco that actually is interesting. He’s one of only seven people born in Punxsutawney , PA to ever appear in the Majors.