Phormer Phillie (and, lest we forget, recipient of an EPIC Pat Burrell bitch-making…aaah, good times) Billy Wagner faced the Michigan Wolverines baseball team in an exhibition game in Port St. Lucie yesterday.
Tell us how it went, Billy?
Billy Wagner nearly started a beanball war with the University of Michigan after one overzealous Wolverine tried to bunt on him in the fourth inning. With a runner on second and one out, centerfielder Kevin Cislo pushed his bunt foul.
Wagner, clearly annoyed, shook his head a number of times, and Cislo wisely swung away, grounding out. Wagner said he couldn’t believe that Cislo, a junior, bunted.
“If he got that bunt down, I would have drilled the next guy,” Wagner said. “Play to win against Villanova.”
Billy’s a 37-year-old man. Billy’s probably forgotten more about baseball than I will ever know. So let me see if my 26-year-old girl brain can figure this out.
I’m pretty sure that bunting is part of the game. Once the ball’s put into play, the pitcher is a fielder just like everybody else. But I can understand how Wags would feel threatened by having to, y’know, field a ball…because he’s proven many, many times, that HE SUCKS AT FIELDING.
So I tip my hat to you, Kevin Cislo. Well done, good sir.
Hat tip to Phillies Nation.