Remember the scuffle between the Blue Jays and the Rays over Alejandro Kirk’s scouting report card? I missed a very funny part of that story from a few weeks ago, and I wanted to do my part to make sure I wasn’t the only one.
For those that missed what happened, I’ll give you a quick Coles notes recap. Rays’ outfielder Kevin Kiermaier was tagged out at home plate while trying to score, and during the play Alejandro Kirk’s cheat note card fell out of the holder on his wrist. Kirk didn’t notice, Kiermaier picked up the card, and the whole incident became a thing for a day or two.
To add some fuel to the fire, Ryan Borucki was thrown out in the last game of the series between the two after Kiermaier received a fastball to the middle of his back. Both team’s coaches argued with the umpires for a while, and eventually Jays’ pitching coach Pete Walker was thrown out after they received the news that Borucki had been tossed, and that was more or less the end of it other than a little bit more yapping to finish the game.
I found myself randomly surfing Youtube last night and I came across the video recap of the incident from Jomboy, a well known figure in the social media world of baseball, and a big time content producer. One thing that Jomboy has become known for is his lip-reading videos, so if you’re going to check out the link to what I’m referring to, beware that there’s some NSFW language.
As silly as this whole “controversy” was, it all started because Alejandro Kirk’s card dropped from his wrist and Kiermaier managed to pick it up without anyone noticing at the time. After reviewing Jomboy’s video, I saw the added nugget that it nearly happened again.
If you go to the 6:30 mark you’ll see the end of the play where Kiermaier gets hit and there’s a bit of a scuffle between the two teams. That’s also where I learned that during that scuffle that Danny Jansen had lost his wrist guard too. Jomboy’s video shows him going back after the dust settles and finding it on the ground, and you can almost see the look of, “you’ve gotta be kidding me” in Jansen’s body language.
According to Youtube it looks like Jomboy’s video already has more than 1.1 million views so perhaps you’ve already seen it and I’m just really late to the party here. If not, it’s worth checking out for a chuckle, especially while we wait for the offseason to really get started.