Alas, Angels pitcher Jered Weaver did not. Weaver responded by trying to expand Ordoñez’s vocabulary.
Ordoñez said, “If you get mad because somebody hits a home run against you ... you gotta take it like a man.”
Yes, you do. The Tigers had the moral high ground, and Carlos Guillen promptly pulled them off it. Guillen took Weaver deep, then stood admiring his home run, and stared at Weaver and pointed toward the fence. He did everything but give Weaver the finger. I’ve seen still-life paintings that moved faster than Guillen. “We’re all teammates,” Guillen said afterward. “Not because Magglio is from Venezuela (like Guillen). Somebody put down my teammate.”
So what? Call him an idiot after the game. Don’t embarrass yourself like that.
“I’ve never showed anybody up in this game,” Weaver said. “I respected those guys. I thought they respected me. ... I just felt I got disrespected.”
Weaver responded by respectfully throwing a pitch over Alex Avila’s head. (“I had a feeling he was gonna throw one at me,” Avila said. “I was just hoping it wasn’t near my head.”) Weaver was ejected, of course, and could be suspended.
Meanwhile, Justin Verlander was still trying to throw a no-hitter.