The Brewers won game one of their border battle series against the Twins on Friday night, thanks to a late go-ahead double by Prince Fielder off of Jose Mijares. In case you missed it, things after the game got a little interesting in the Minnesota clubhouse. From Jordan Schelling’s MLB.com story:
“Ended up making a bad pitch to Fielder and he got us,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We tried to not let the guy beat us, and he ended up beating us.”
“He made a terrible pitch. We damn sure don’t want Prince to beat us, and he did. The guy’s a great hitter, that’s what he does. That’s what he does best.”
“I don’t know what’s going on with Mauer,” Mijares said. “He never put down a sign for breaking ball. Never. It was fastball, fastball, fastball, fastball.”
“Called for a fastball there,” Mauer said. “I didn’t call for it down the middle.”
And then more Gardenhire on Schelling’s Twitter account today:
“Every player’s got to be accountable, and Mija knows that. If you have the ball in your hand as a pitcher, and a catcher’s calling something you don’t want to throw, the one rule of this game is you don’t have to throw it, because you have the ball. It’s done, it’s over with. If you have the ball in your hands, no one’s forcing you to do anything. I think Joe said it best. Yes he did call for a fastball, but he did not call a fastball down the middle.”
Well, then. I think That’s Twins Baseball summed the incident up well with their GIF. There’s nothing wrong with a little schadenfreude, especially after what the Brewers have gone through over the past week.