Monday, May 11, 2009
Bobby Jenks is a massive dude who obviously isn't afraid to speak his mind or get in the middle of a little ruckus. So last week after the White Sox batters were getting pelted by pitch after pitch, Jenks decided to send a "We Ain't Gonna Take This BS" message. With two outs in the 9th and Rangers Star Ian Kinsler at the plate, Jenks dialed up his best fastball and threw it behind him. In the post game Jenks addressed this issue:
Asked if the two-out, ninth-inning pitch to Kinsler "got away from him," Jenks replied without hesitation:
"No, I meant to. To send a message. Basically I was saying, 'I'm sick of seeing our guys get hit and hurt and almost get taken out of the game.' I threw it with intention."
"With a one-run lead, I didn't want to put anyone on base. I just wanted to say, 'Hey, we can play that game, too.' Other than that, the important thing was getting him out after that pitch."
I've seen and heard a few people say this honesty was moronic and that he may wind up with a fine or suspension as a result. To this I say, HOW? Jenks DID NOT hit Kinsler. He DID NOT aim at his head. He DID NOT even throw at Kinsler. He just wanted to let it be known that his team was not going to take beat up ribs anymore so he wanted Kinsler to get a bit squeamish by throwing behind him. Who cares if he admitted what he was trying to do? He threw a ball with no intent to hit a batter, how the hell could you be suspended or fined for such a thing?