That is not a typo. According to Yahoo! Sports, which quotes a report from ESPN’s Mark Saxson, the powers that be at MLB contacted Crawford’s agent about the cleats he wore in Monday’s loss to the Padres.
As you can see in the picture, Crawford (who, like many players on the team, received one pair each of blue and white cleats emblazoned with “42”) chose to wear one shoe of each color on Jackie Robinson Day. At the time it didn’t seem like a big deal. Actually, it seemed really freakin’ cool to everyone not wearing suits at MLB headquarters.
According to Saxson’s report, Crawford said he was trying to have a little fun with it after seeing Jimmy Rollins change cleats mid-game earlier in the day. Then he added: “But I guess the league doesn’t want us to have any fun.”
For those of you who watch the NFL regularly, this stinks of a Roger Goodell influence. As a master conspiracy theorist, I will presume that Goodell got bored in the offseason, noticed Crawford’s cleats on TV, called Bud Selig, and threatened to put a bounty on him if he didn’t do something immediate, drastic, and douche-y about it.
The more likely scenario, though, is that MLB struggled with a decision of whether to uphold their wardrobe policies, or ignore it as an exception for a special day. The fact that they gave Crawford a warning instead of immediately doling out the fine makes me think that a fine is less likely to come.
We’ll see if Crawford is taking out his checkbook in the next few days, so stay tuned. But for now, we’ll add this latest nonsense to the long list of mishaps the Dodgers have accumulated as a clear target of MLB, the Diamondbacks, and Carlos Quentin’s. My team just can’t catch a break. If we could, we’d be 14-0!
Shoot, there’s that conspiracy theorist in me again. Carry on.
– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)
Unless you live under a rock, have no access to technology and cut off all communication with other humans, you know what happened on Monday Night Football last night. Actually even if you qualify for all three, you might still have heard the screams coming from Green Bay, WI flying through the night air like dementors heading straight for Roger Goodell’s office.
Normally on Three Up, Three Down we stay away from sporting events involving anything but America’s pastime. But last night’s egregious call (or if you prefer, “tragesty” as a radio caller said on a local station this morning – it’s actually a pretty solid made up word!) against the Packers that cost them a game can arguably be dubbed “The Worst Call in NFL History.”
And since the event nearly caused Twitter to cave in on itself, we know it’s noteworthy enough to draft a blog around for our baseball-loving fans. Without further adieu, here is what would happen if Major League Baseball were to hire replacement refs:
May 2nd, 2012 – Dodgers @ Rockies, runner called out
June 27th, 2012 – Indians @ Yankees, ruled a catch
July 27th, 2011 – Pirates @ Braves, called safe
Oct. 14th, 2003 – Marlins @ Cubs, foul ball?
Oct. 20th, 1991 – Braves @ Twins, called out
June 1st, 2012 – Cardinals @ Mets, ruled foul
Oct. 12th, 1997 – Braves @ Marlins VIDEO HERE, strike 3 way outside
Oct. 9th, 1996 – Orioles @ Yankees, ruled a home run, not fan interference
Oct. 10th, 2009 – Twins @ Yankees, called foul
June 2nd, 2010 – Indians @ Tigers, perfect game ruined on last out, called safe
June 11th, 2012 – Royals @ Pirates VIDEO HERE, called a catch, ball dropped
August 6th, 2010 – Phillies @ Marlins, called foul
October 20th, 2009 – Yankees @ Angels, both tagged out, only one ruled out
October 17th, 1999 – Yankees @ Red Sox, ruled a tag-out
Well, that was way too much fun. I highly suggest you give quickmeme.com a visit and play around in your spare time. As you can see, baseball has had its fair share of blown calls in big games too. But we’re living in the moment and the fan fury is directed at Roger Goodell, the replacement ref crew, and everything that remotely looks like a Seahawk.
Comment below and let us know if we missed a call – heck, send us a meme of it! And just for fun, vote in the poll:
– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)