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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Brad Ausmus: Tigers fielders to blame after being confused by fan

Two seemingly harmless fly balls fell for hits in the first three innings of the Rays’ 8-7 victory as Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones, right fielder Tyler Collins and second baseman Ian Kinsler were confused by the shouts from the Tropicana Field stands.

The source of the Tigers’ confusion wasn’t miscommunication between the fielders. If anything, it was overcommunication on the part of a fan in the Tropicana Field stands yelling “I got it!”

“It’s fair game, if you’re a fan. I’m not the blaming [the] fan or anything. He’s within his rights to do that. We have to make the adjustment,” Ausmus told reporters Thursday, according to mlive.com.

Since outfielders have the right to call off infielders on fly balls, Kinsler assumed his teammates were doing so Wednesday night and backed off.

“I just got out of the way,” Kinsler said, according to mlive.com.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 06:18 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Batman Posted: April 20, 2017 at 06:24 PM (#5439286)
Later, a different fan shut the Tigers out for five innings in relief.
   2. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 06:33 PM (#5439291)
Tampa has fans in the stands?
   3. Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: April 20, 2017 at 07:43 PM (#5439322)
I wonder if the small crowd helped. Go someplace that is sold out and you have 35,000 people screaming and you just tune it out. The single voice can stick out more.
   4. Jay Z Posted: April 20, 2017 at 08:09 PM (#5439338)
I thought this was bad sportsmanship if a player did it, but I guess fans have fewer requirements on their behavior.

How about hypnosis? The spinning disk seems too much, but I think the evil eye is well within bounds. And there should be no restriction at all on telekinesis. CF can't catch the fly ball because he's too busy slapping himself? Too bad.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 20, 2017 at 08:25 PM (#5439350)
Tiger batters also reported striking out multiple times because they heard instructions to swing when every pitch was delivered.
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 20, 2017 at 08:37 PM (#5439362)
I wonder if the small crowd helped. Go someplace that is sold out and you have 35,000 people screaming and you just tune it out. The single voice can stick out more.

That's what Ausmus thinks, too. From TFA:
"I think the acoustics of Tropicana Field helped and the fact that there's not a huge number of people sitting in the stands," Ausmus said, according to mlive.com. "Most of the time, when you have a decent-sized crowd, it's all kind of white noise. All the noise kind of mixes together and nothing really stands out."

Give him credit for not saying "There was nobody here so the one fan's voice really carried. My guys are used to playing in Major League ballparks, so it came as surprise to hear one guy so clearly. It's really my fault for not reminding the guys that we weren't playing in a real park with real fans. Won't happen again."
   7. Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 20, 2017 at 09:21 PM (#5439427)
The spinning disk seems too much, but I think the evil eye is well within bounds. And there should be no restriction at all on telekinesis. CF can't catch the fly ball because he's too busy slapping himself?


If Bill Veeck can be trusted, in the 1930s the Cubs had a whammy man hexing the other team from the front row.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 10:05 PM (#5439471)

I wonder if the small crowd helped. Go someplace that is sold out and you have 35,000 people screaming and you just tune it out.


Probably true, but Jose Bautista was thrown off by a fan yelling "I got it" in Game 2 of ALCS in Kansas City, allowing a pop fly to drop.
   9. Cargo Cultist Posted: April 21, 2017 at 12:21 AM (#5439546)
A voice you have never heard before yells out "I got it!" from the direction of the stands. Are you really dumb enough to fall for that?

People in the stands tried that sad old trick back in college ball. I would catch the pop-up and then laugh at them.

It takes a real chump who can't remember what his teammates sound like to fall for that one.
   10. Franco American Posted: April 21, 2017 at 12:39 AM (#5439551)
Yo la tengo!
   11. Bug Selig Posted: April 21, 2017 at 08:52 AM (#5439596)
Yes, you're a superior being and Ian Kinsler is a chump. I almost forgot.
   12. Brian C Posted: April 21, 2017 at 11:01 AM (#5439707)
This is a strange story, just because it's hard to imagine that this one fan in Tampa is the first to ever try this. It's not like games without a ton of fans in the stands are rare in MLB. And this is a venue that's been in the league almost 20 years, and has been sparsely attended for the majority of that time, so it's not like "But it's different at the Trop!" makes much sense either.

I think I little choice but to quote Dark Helmet here: "I can't believe you fell for the oldest trick in the book!"
   13. villageidiom Posted: April 21, 2017 at 11:16 AM (#5439722)
Tiger batters also reported striking out multiple times because they heard instructions to swing when every pitch was delivered.
That would never happen, because no player would think the instructions were meant for him. Maybe if his name was Roberto Batterbatterbatterbatterbatter, sure.
   14. Papa Squid Posted: April 21, 2017 at 11:26 AM (#5439730)
Probably true, but Jose Bautista was thrown off by a fan yelling "I got it" in Game 2 of ALCS in Kansas City, allowing a pop fly to drop.


Wasn't it Ryan Goins who was planted underneath it and thought he heard Jose? I've never really forgiven Goins for that play...
   15. Cargo Cultist Posted: April 21, 2017 at 01:00 PM (#5439803)
If you can't recognize your own teammates' voices then yes, you are an idiot. Any average human being can differentiate familiar voices from those of strangers.
   16. Cargo Cultist Posted: April 21, 2017 at 01:02 PM (#5439805)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/voice-recognition-study_us_5617c7b2e4b0082030a2071d

"We Can Identify A Friend's Voice After Hearing Just Two Words:
Humans are smarter than machines when it comes to voice recognition"
   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 21, 2017 at 01:12 PM (#5439817)
Other fun things to do at the Trop:

1) Sing national anthem in Gregorian chant harmony with singer on field
2) Confuse pitcher by yelling random numbers while catcher is giving signs
3) Rip fart, blame on Longoria
4) Sit behind home plate in view of TV camera, wave to friends and say "Hey, can you see me now??" without having to use cell phone
5) Bring glove, hold over mouth and participate in mound conferences from your seat
   18. Loren F. Posted: April 21, 2017 at 03:45 PM (#5439894)
#17 made me laugh.
   19. Bug Selig Posted: April 23, 2017 at 01:25 PM (#5440851)
Double down on your delusion of superiority, Narcissus.

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