Goat Of The Week: Mike Carp
As the resident villain of SDI, this series where I feature a guy who receives the lion share of grief for the week whether it be a Ranger or their opponent.
Serving in a part-time role for the Boston Red Sox, Mike Carp is having a solid season. He enters Saturday hitting .299/.345/.623 with a 151 OPS+ in 34 games. Yet, we know after Tuesday’s game that his kryptonite is the Murph knuckler.
Bullpen ace for a day David Murphy started Carp off with three straight fastballs that topped out at 78.64 mph before Murph came with the “Charlie Hough Special.” The count was 1-2 when the ball landed softly in a well-framed glove by A.J. Pierzynski. Carps’ right hand drops from the bat and his gaze looks off into the distance as if he had been wronged by the old gods and new. He takes a few steps back from the plate and proceeds to mouth off to the home plate umpire Andy Fletcher. Carp must’ve said the magical word because he was quickly tossed from the game.
For the record, here is where the pitch landed:
Now on the surface one might not understand the point of arguing balls and strikes when your team is up 12 runs, but Carp’s pride…nay….his manhood was at stake. Surely the boys back in the dugout were thinking of something costly in Kangaroo Court for whoever dared struck out to a position player. Everyone would forget that he went 3-4 with a homerun and a walk. He would become the guy that the Baptist Basher struck out.