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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Lucas Sims: ‘There were a lot of safety issues’ as the Reds lost to the Diamondbacks

The last time he took the mound, on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks, it was sleeting and raining at Great American Ball Park. He walked in the go-ahead run as the weather turned worse, and that was the last batter he faced before the game was suspended to Wednesday.

“There were a lot of safety issues,” Sims said. “I was concerned about me slipping or something going wrong with the ball. And also my competitors too. If I have no clue where the freaking ball is going, I don’t know the last time I hit a right-hander with a slider.”

For the first time since September, 2015, a Reds home game was suspended and completed the next day. On Tuesday night, the Diamondbacks took a 5-4 lead against Sims with one out in the eighth inning. The umpires suspended the game as rain and sleet fell at Great American Ball Park, but the weather had already made an impact on the game.

Right before the game was delayed on Tuesday, Sims threw every ball the umpire gave him to use back to the dugout.

“Every single one of them was soaking wet,” Sims said. “There was no reason we should have been playing. I thought for safety reasons there was no way I was going to throw any of those baseballs.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2021 at 09:34 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: April 22, 2021 at 12:28 PM (#6014931)
I was listening to the radio broadcast and Jeff Brantley said he had never seen anything like what Sims did. He wasn't suggesting that Sims was trying to show the ump up or anything, though as a former pitcher I'd expect him to side with Sims.
   2. Dolf Lucky Posted: April 22, 2021 at 02:07 PM (#6014952)
Presumably Brantley had never seen it because in comparable situations (torrential downpour, pitcher obviously can't control the soaked baseball) the umps had already stopped the game. It was egregiously bad umpiring on Tuesday.

Also, the Reds (Bell, Barnhart, whoever) have to push for a stoppage much sooner than the point where Sims can't grip a pitch anymore.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2021 at 02:48 PM (#6014958)

I was listening to the radio broadcast and Jeff Brantley said he had never seen anything like what Sims did.

How quickly we forget Al Hrabosky.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: April 22, 2021 at 05:59 PM (#6014981)
In a 16-inch softball league game, it started pouring just before we took the field (and it had rained earlier). My brother was pitching, complained that he couldn't grip the ball, said he couldn't even see the plate, walked the first three batters on 12 pitches. Ump kept the game going. Our OFs dropped 3-4 fly balls, I had a throw at 1B just squish through my hands and our IFs obviously couldn't grip the ball any better than my brother. We finally got them out after 20 runs or so. Jogging out to the OF, each of their OFs slipped and fell on their butts. Their pitcher complained he couldn't grip the ball and walked the first batter on 4 pitches that weren't close ... ump called the game. So we had to suffer throught that crap, they got to have fun (while getting soaked too).

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