Eduardo Nunez bunted. Oh no.
That’s almost all I need to write, but I’m not going to stop there. That’s what C.C. Sabathia was butt-hurt about. A fundamental offensive play. He claims it’s “weak” to bunt against him. That would make me want to bunt against him every at-bat.
I’ve never known a player being this upset over a player bunting on him. So upset he calls him something close to a “Ho ass m-fer.”
Sabathia claimed that he’s not upset because he believes Nunez bunted simply because he might think that Sabathia won’t be able to field the bunt quickly. He says he thinks the bunt play was attempted because they’re afraid. Logically, if you’re not mad because you feel they were trying to take advantage of your disadvantage, then there’s clearly no reason to be mad. The only reason somebody would think that’s a “weak” play is because they feel that their opponent is doing exactly that, taking advantage of a disadvantage. So then it should also be considered “weak” for Sabathia to pitch low and inside to a batter who’s bad at pitches low and inside. In my opinion, he was butt-hurt because, even though he got to the ball in time, he misfired, allowing Nunez to reach on an error, and that was enough to deflect his error by pointing the finger at the bunt.
There really is no other logical reason to be upset about a player bunting. Bunts are there to sacrifice a runner into scoring position. If fundamental batting upsets you that much, you probably shouldn’t be pitching.
The Red Sox are a team well known for playing small ball this year. They don’t have the power they’ve been famous for in the years past. It’s definitely not something worth barking names about. This is the big leagues. Suck it up.