Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick is ticked off at Tigers’ reliever Al Alburquerque. In the top of the 9th today, Yoenis Cespedes hit a come backer to Alburquerque who ran toward first, kissed the ball and then threw Cespedes out. Later Reddick told the media, “I didn’t appreciate it. I think that’s immature and not very professional.”
Reddick may be correct, although I don’t think so. Too many ballplayers are afraid of being shown up — it’s a big deal in the baseball culture. Reddick’s issue is not ball kissing. It’s that the A’s are down two games to zip in a five game series. If you don’t want to get shown up, win a game.