Apparently there is still some bad blood between Ubaldo Jimenez and his old squad.
On Sunday, in what was supposed to be a pretty ho-hum game between the Cleveland Indians and Colorado Rockies, Jimenez -- generally regarded as a good guy -- opted to drill Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow during his first at bat. Predictably, as soon as it happened, earrings got removed, purses got put aside and both sides charged at one another.
Following the game, Jim Tracy had some not-so-nice things to say about the pitch that wound up clearing both benches:
“It’s the most gutless act I have seen in 35 years of professional baseball. I have lost all respect for him. To do something like that and walk down off the mound, and if there’s any suggestion whatsoever that the ball got away, I don’t want to hear any of that (expletive). He intentionally threw at him. He should be suspended. I am going to be very disappointed if he doesn’t get suspended. He deserves to be,” Tracy said (via Denver Post).
“Are you kidding me? Five days before opening day and you are going to take a potshot like that? It was the worst I have seen. I have lost respect for him and that’s a very difficult thing for me to say.”
For his part, Jimenez maintains that it was all just a big oopsy.
"I did not have good control of my fastball," Jimenez said (via Fox Sports). "I walked the first guy (Marco Scutaro) on four pitches. (Tulowitzki) is one of the best hitters in the game. I have to try and go inside."
This game wasn’t broadcast, but you can check out footage that a fan shot below (via Yahoo! Sports):
Was this really a case of bad control? Obviously not. And you can bet the powers that be at MLB headquarters are working on the fine points of Jimenez’s suspension as this piece is being written.
What a great way to start the baseball season, right?