When Mark Reynolds got beaned by the Washington Nationals, there was talk of why old-school Kirk Gibson didn't instruct a pitcher to retaliate (also, why Reynolds played the next game). Turns out the D-backs just weren't listening to the non-verbal communication or verbal storytelling.â†µ
"But somewhere down the line, if someone would have responded in that series, to me that's one of the things that helps (bring a team together)," Gibson said.â†µ
When asked whether he thought a pitcher should have responded against the Nationals - whom the Diamondbacks play again this weekend - Gibson answered with an anecdote.â†µ
He recalled a game from his year in Kansas City when the opposing team threw behind teammate George Brett's head in the ninth inning.â†µ"Our pitcher didn't hit them," Gibson said. "When we went into the clubhouse, I tore that place up, and I called every one of them out. I did that as a player - I'm not going to do that as a manager.
So, to recap, the D-backs should know better. Quick, schedule a review of Historical Baseball Implicit Traditions and Unspoken Practices. Or maybe no one loves Mark Reynolds like Kirk Gibson loved George Brett.â†µ