Taryn Hatcher and the Unwritten Rules of Baseball
First and foremost, I absolutely love Taryn Hatcher. She is fantastic on the pre/post game shows for the Flyers and with the Phillies. However, there are just some things in baseball that you simply do not do. Number one on that list, is talking about a perfect game in the middle of a perfect game.
Aaron Nola was perfect through six innings last night in San Diego. He was pitching an absolute gem. He struck out his own brother on three pitches and had some of the most beautiful movement I’ve seen on his fastballs all season.
As Nola was chasing perfection, we cut back to a studio break before the start of the seventh inning. Taryn Hatcher was standing there with Ben Davis and started off the quick segment saying:
“I’ve gotta start with this Ben…”
Anyone who was watching this, myself included, let out a collective gasp. I literally said “oh no” out loud. Hatcher continued saying the following:
“Aaron Nola is perfect through six innings thus far..”
From there, everyone knew it was over. The tweets from Twitter came pouring in, questioning Hatcher’s statement. One batter later, an easy ground ball to first place kicked off Brad Millers glove. The Perfect Game was over. Two batters later, the no-hitter was now gone. The Padres scored a run and boom, the shutout was gone.
The unwritten rules of baseball are weird. I absolutely hate the one about not going YABO off a position player on the mound. I wrote about it when Matt Joyce tagged an 88mph pitch from Reds’ infielder turned pitcher Alex Blandino to deep right center for a grand slam back in June.
However a perfect game is on it’s own level. You simply can’t do that.
Taryn Hatcher, the city of Philadelphia loves you. Obviously, this wasn’t the greatest thing and the world and no one should think that you are seriously responsible for anything because of this. Last night was, however, pretty funny to watch everything unfold the way it did.
At the end of the night, the Phillies lost to the Padres and totally ruined a stellar start by Aaron Nola. The final nail in the coffin came from Jake Cronenworth who hit a bad pitch by Aaron Nola with a 3-1 count in the bottom of the 9th inning to deep center for a two-run home run to tie the game. The Phillies would eventually lose in extras 4-3.
Our Phillies are now just one game over .500 and five games back in the division and Wild card Race. Neither of which, are Taryn Hatchers fault either.