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Who is this catcher the A's have now, and what have they done with Jason Kendall?
I noticed yesterday that something was different about Jason Kendall. He's changed his hitting approach, and his throwing arm suddenly has life.
Perhaps he has been possessed by demons. Today, he charged the mound against John Lackey, after an exchange of unpleasantries. I'm guessing Lackey mocked him for trying to get hit by a pitch, and Kendall took umbrage and decided to fight.
On the one hand, it's a stupid thing to do. The A's had the bases loaded, one out, and all the momentum. There's no reason to wake the Angel beast. Let them sleep.
And of course, the A's only get one run out of that rally, and the very next inning, the Angels come back and put up a crooked number. A potentially lazy victory has now become a highly emotional battle.
On the other, it's good that Jason Kendall isn't just going to let his career die with a whimper. He's showing he has some spunk left in him. I don't think this is the best way to show that spunk. Try hitting some line drives, instead.
Lackey: Sir! That inside pitch did not come close to hitting you! I suggest you find a more honorable way to reach base in this contest.
Kendall: You forgot your place, my good fellow. Are you accusing me of ungentlemanly play?
Lackey: Indeed, you under-handed varlet.
Kendall: Have at you, then!
You know... give or take a word or two.
"What? You got a frackin' problem?"
and then he dropped his bat and started running.
Which is pretty much the same thing he did when he charged Joe Kennedy a few years ago. He skipped the "Are you accusing me of ungentlemanly play?" part, and went right to the "Have at you then!"
There's a link to the video of Kendall vs. Kennedy here:
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